Declining muscle strength, reduced flexibility, and age-related atrophy are all realities of an aging body. But exercises that target upper body strength and mobility can help in all of these areas, per Intergrated Rehabilitation Services.
When you exercise using monkey bars, in particular, you’re also improving posture, grip strength, and core strength, all of which can be useful when you’re older. Think about it: Everyday functional movements like bending down to pick up groceries, sitting down, standing up, getting in a vehicle, and even walking necessitate that all of these areas are in good working condition. As we grow older, they become even more paramount.
In fact, according to a 2022 study published in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia, and Muscle, there is a positive correlation between feeble grip strength and the acceleration of aging. Even something as simple as climbing stairs becomes challenging when you’re older. Improving grip strength means you’ll be better able to support your weight while doing this simple activity. The flexibility that grows from swinging from one bar to another, using your upper body strength and aided by the momentum of your legs, can come in handy when you’re old. You might not look as hunched over, you’d have more range of motion, and your risk of injury from falls might be less because you’d have better balance (via Unique Fitness).