April 6th is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association kicks off an event every year. If your facility wants to plan ahead and make an event, they have a toolkit available here to help increase awareness and encourage your residents to do a little extra exercise in their day.
Music is a great motivator when it comes to exercise. Creating a specific playlist for exercise is very helpful in boosting your residents’ motivation and energy. Here is a playlist I’ve created:
Lovely Hula Hands by the All Star Hawaiian Band
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Tennessee Bird Walk by Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan
Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
Walk Right In by the Rooftop Singers
Rambling’ Rose by Nat King Cole
Walk a Mile in My Shoes by Elvis
Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters
Movement dances are a great way to bring people together.
Nani Ke Ao Nei
This is a stick dance song. Here are 2 videos to learn the dance.
Adaptation: Improvise your own stick dance to the music.
Songs for Drumming
Drum along to these great songs!
Aiko Aiko – Brothers Ipp
Chiquita Banana – Moon Hop
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson