Today I started a new journey of hosting a streaming internet show called The Second Half: Health & Fitness Show broadcast live on Facebook. I have never hosted anything live on any kind of media so it was a pretty amazing experience! The first Thursday of every month I will be interviewing people in the health and fitness field who’s market are Baby Boomers and senior citizens. The guest today was C Hope Health Services and its owner Wesley Cornelius. I met Wesley at a networking meeting earlier this year and we hit it off as our businesses relate and overlap.
Wesley is a recreational therapist and went to the same college I did, the University of Southern Mississippi, but he is a bit younger than me. Our interview involved combining exercise and recreation to create an optimal enjoyment for physical activity. One of the commonalities of recreational therapy and physical exercise is the positive effects they have on cognitive response. Physical exercise helps to improve neuroplasticity which then enables a person to have more intellectual stimulation from games and social interaction. Creating the new neural pathways that complex movements and aerobic training allows for more and longer enjoyment of games that require thought and strategy. Combined with doing recreational therapy in a social setting with new and old friends, a person experiences a deeper pleasure and satisfaction with themselves.
At the end of the day, if exercise and activity are not fun, a person will not stick with it. They know the physical, mental, and social benefits, but it does not matter without any enjoyment. When looking or directing an older family member/friend to be more active, remember it can be a combination of activities that they enjoy doing. It is easier said than done at times when a loved one refuses to be active, but don’t give up on them. Find out what they consider fun, then gear exercise and games toward it. Your success rate will be much higher and the smile on their face a lot broader when they truly love being active and healthy.
Matt Peale does his best to make exercise fun for his personal training clients, although sometimes in the process they don’t like him. But you can create your own fun with Movement Academy’s Active Aging System for Boomers and seniors. Contact Matt at mpeale@ltmacademy with any questions. #thoughtfulthursday #babyboomers #exercise #workout