In the wake of a traumatic brain injury, mild or severe, rest is usually recommended so that the brain has a chance to recover. However, as a TBI survivor learns to cope with their life, they tend to become more and more inactive, which can lead to further health concerns. Experts say that TBI victims must develop a safe and effective exercise program in order to enhance their coordination, overall health, and independence.
Here are five different kinds of exercise that are excellent choices for TBI survivors, especially if practiced on a regular (but moderate) basis.
Although this might not seem like an intense form of exercise, walking can help TBI survivors reap many health benefits. The cardiovascular exercise can strengthen their heart, lungs, and muscles. Furthermore, many TBI survivors struggle with coordination, and learning to walk properly can help them engage in regular activities with less difficulty. Experts recommend walking for roughly half an hour at least three times per week.
Like walking, swimming and other forms of water exercise are an excellent source of cardio. The water can also help strengthen muscles and give TBI survivors balance skills. Swimming is a low-impact exercise, and survivors might feel more comfortable moving around in the water than out on dry land.
Studies have found that regular aerobic exercise classes, like Zumba, pilates, and jazzercise, can lead to improvements in motor performance, walking, and other abilities. Plus, it can help people strengthen their memories and learning skills, which are especially important for people who are dealing with symptoms caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Because people with TBIs tend to struggle with balance and coordination, it might be a good idea for them to work on strengthening their bodies. Plus, muscle strengthening can help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Not only does this type of exercise facilitate flexibility and muscle strengthening, but it also allows for a calm mind through meditation. All of these things can be extremely beneficial for someone who is dealing with the loss of memory, strength, motor skills, and more.
If someone you know has survived a traumatic brain injury, consider joining TryMunity with them. It’s an online community of TBI survivors and their friends and family, who are available to offer support and advice. Join TryMunity today at www.trymunity.com.