Drumsticks clicked overhead and pounded on exercise balls is the latest workout trend to hit the Hunter. But this program is not targeted to gym junkies or those mustering dreams of rock glory.
Hunter disability services provider, Songbird has brought an American-based drumming craze to the Hunter in the form of the Drums Alive program for people with disability. Based in Thornton and suitable for all ages and abilities, the program combines movement with the powerful beat and distraction of drumming for a brain and body workout.
Founder, Carrie Ekins developed Drums Alive whilst wheelchair bound recuperating from a hip injury.
Songbird Services Manager, Karen Horne said that research shows that people with a disability and people experiencing mental illness are far more likely to live a sedentary lifestyle than the general population. The Drums Alive program is designed to get individuals engaged in and enjoying exercise.
“Cardio drumming is a great way to reach everybody, of any age or any fitness level and say ‘here’s something you can do, with music you love, and you can have so much fun doing it!’ It’s a great way to get people who aren’t currently exercising to branch into the physical activity that is so critical to healthy living,” Karen said.
“In addition to the fitness aspect, we’re adding cognition to whatever we’re doing. Whether its literacy, numeracy or other learning, we’re fusing the mind and body for an amazing workout!”
Drumming has long been recognised as a therapeutic tool aiding the reduction of stress, helping to increase focus, improving motor coordination and activating the left and right brain function.
The Drums Alive program launched this month.
Songbird is a local community organisation that empowers individuals, no matter their ability, to live with independence and thrive within their communities. It offers a varieties of services throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock and beyond.
IMAGE | Matthew Green, with Songbird CEO, Mike Wood.