This is from Sarah of Invigorated’s post…
|Let’s have some fun, shall we ?|
These last 3 elements of a Parkinson’s specific exercise program are so, important!
Our brains need exercise, but we’d wither away and die without a community and a few laughs.
Let’s dive into how that plays out and your exercise program:
Element # 5: Keep it SOCIAL.
We’re happier and healthier when we’re part of the tribe. We’re also more likely to reach our goals because we feel connected and supported.
Here are a few ways to add face-to-face time to your exercise routine:
Join a Parkinson’s exercise class in your city. Join a walking or running group. Hire a personal trainer or physical therapist to come see you at your home. Ask your friend or neighbor to join your daily walking routine.
Element # 6: Stay ACCOUNTABLE.
Apathy can be a strong foe … So it’s crucial to have someone checking in on you that you can answer to. Typically I recommend this person isn’t your spouse or partner because things can get tense.
Setting goals can be a powerful motivator as well.
Make them meaningful and share them with your support system!
Element # 7: Have FUN!
If you’re not laughing, singing, dancing, or smiling during a workout, you won’t feel its full effect. The feel-good chemicals you release when you’re enjoying yourself have tremendous power to lower your stress, lessen your anxiety, and boost your immune system.
Plus, life is way too short to take exercise too seriously. If you have fun when you’re working out, your much, MUCH more likely to want to do it again.
For example… Here is a link to a drumming routine… creative and fun.