The positive effects of exercise on thinking and memory are some of the most exciting research findings in recent years! With technology and medical advancements, people are living longer than ever before and most would like to live a long time provided they remain of sound mind and body and aren’t a burden to their families. In addition to its many physical benefits, regular exercise improves how the brain works and lowers the risk of developing certain brain problems.
Exercise clearly has benefits to those with normal brain function, as active individuals seem to focus better, process information quicker, and have a decreased risk for developing thinking/memory problems as they age. Even those with existing brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease can benefit from being active. Exercise in Alzheimer’s individuals has shown better thinking, mood, and quality of life. Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease who are active are better able to direct movement and have an easier time with basic living activities.
Despite chronic medical conditions, including memory or thinking problems, most people can exercise safely with supervised programs designed specifically for them, even if they have never been active before. At Motion 4 Life your health history is reviewed by a physician to help ensure your activity is safe and appropriate. It is never too late to take the first step!
Carol Weesner, MD
Global Council on Brain Health July 2016
ICAA July/August 2016, “Research in the News”
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