Physical activity has numerous benefits for older adults. For example, people who exercise tend to have improved immune, digestive, and cognitive function. Getting the body moving can also lead to better blood pressure, bone density, muscle tone, mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination. Maintaining regular physical activity can lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, mental health issues and heart disease. Another benefit of note is that it can help decrease risk of fall. In general, physical activity can help combat the effects of aging.
Walking is probably the most basic form of exercise and is great for cardio and keeping the body active and in shape. Stretching also counts as exercise. A little bit of stretching each day will do wonders for the body and is a great regular activity. Did you know that music is a natural motivator for physical movement? The rhythmic nature of music helps the brain and body work together to move in time with the music. Try turning on some of your favorite tunes, find the beat and simply move to the music. Dance is a great form of exercise!
What other forms of physical movement can you think of? We've talked about walking, stretching, and dancing. Get creative with those three, and be open to exploring other types of exercise as well. Something is always worth trying! Music makes a difference in motivating the body to move rhythmically. Don't let limited mobility stop you from moving at all. There are endless possibilities for physical movement.
At Bridgetown Music Therapy, we believe in the power of moving the body to improve quality of life. A body in motion stays in motion. Most of the time, seniors just need a reminder to move physically and someone to guide them through it. Some movement is better than none, so no matter your age or ability, let's get moving!