Music affects our emotions in positive ways. A song can take us from "down in the dumps" to "on top of the world." It's possible for a melody or beat to change our feelings from apathy to interest and concern, even eagerness. If we apply this when faced with a task we should do but just don't have the drive, we can make positive changes in our lives.
One area of positive change badly needed by seniors in the US is lack of physical exercise. Though some signs indicate that older Americans are exercising more, growing incidence of obesity with its accompanying diseases show there is still much room for improvement.
Would listening to your favorite tune give you the push you need to begin exercising? Whether a familiar favorite or special fitness music, it has the potential to put pep in your step, while giving a feeling of well being. And if exercise is the last thing you want to do, music can put you in the mood.
Workout music for seniors can readily be found, as can fitness programs designed especially for the elderly. Television, internet web sites and senior living facilities provide a wide range of exercise programs for those 50, 60, and 70+, all using music in various ways to make exercise more pleasant.
No matter your degree of mobility, there is a fitness routine, usually with accompanying music, to fit your needs. A professional trainer or exercise therapist might employ techniques with such names as:
• Chair fitness workouts
• Sit and dance for seniors
• Seated warmups
• Low impact dance
These might be created by the leader during a group session and given a name on the spot. They can help prepare for more physical types of workouts. Progress likely comes quicker when music is a part of the activity because of its ability to make the experience more enjoyable.
I find, as a former insulin dependent diabetic, that using music with an exercise routine can make the time go faster and the activity seem less physically taxing. Research studies by several accredited institutions support what I find to be true for many.
My exercise is walking, and when I don't have music it seems to take longer to cover the same distance. With music, I usually feel like going longer, even if I've gone the planned distance. Now, I never begin a walk without music.
If you're a senior who's not exercising, why not? Enough scientific evidence is all around that you can't say you don't know the benefits. If you really want to start and can't find the motivation, put on that song that gets your toes tapping and your whole self rocking. Organize that movement into a regular routine with a playlist(s) and you've got your own personal senior exercise, fitness and workout music.
Oh, and don't forget to first get your doctor's permission.