6 Creative Ways to Get Moving
If you were to do just one thing to reduce your odds of developing dementia, diabetes, heart disease, or obesity, science increasingly says it should be: Move more! Caregiver bonus: Exercise offloads stress and boosts mood, too. (Always check with your doctor before beginning any new fitness routine.)
"Flash mobs" are viral-triggered activities in which strangers converge in one place to perform a particular activity, often a dance routine, which they've practiced together or separately. "Training mobs" is the concept's new spin -- groups that gather in the same way to spontaneously work out, showing up in a certain spot when given the signal.
Obviously a caregiver can't drop everything to participate on a moment's (or text message's) notice, but if your loved one is still active, it can be a fun, if unorthodox, activity to share now and then. Even assisted living centers have gotten in on the act with their own flash-mob dances.
Great for: Livening up your workouts, feeding spontaneity, trying something new
Start here: FlashMob America is a nationwide clearinghouse for these groups.
Want to see a flash mob in action? This group of women got together to flash mob for a cause:
Even retirement community residents have gotten in on the trend:
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