Having trouble remember things? Chalking it up to old age? Well, did you know that exercise can help counter cognitive decline? More and more research continues to come out on the specific benefits of exercise in all aspects of health. According to a recent study in the journal of Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise, “Exercise keeps the Brain Young: Study,” moderate-to-vigorous exercise can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline by up to 36%.
This is great news! With the ever advancing medical field, individuals are living longer and healthier lives. However, despite these medical advances, there are continued projected increases for age-related cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It is these types of findings that bring hope to the aging population that exercise brings more benefits that just for the cardiovascular system or losing weight. Exercise helps your brain as well!
In this study, there were 6,400 individuals who were aged 65 years or older. Each individual was given an activity trackers of seven days, and their cognitive abilities were assessed during various tasks. After a period of three years, the study showed that people who performed moderate-to-vigorous levels of physical activity were deemed significantly less likely to experience cognitive problems than individuals who were sedentary or only performed light physical activity.
So how does physical therapy play a role in all of this? As physical therapist, we can design an exercise program for individuals that is safe, tailored to address each individual and what is best fit for them, as well as provide education of the specifics of intensity and what moderate-to-vigorous activities looks like on a daily basis.
So…here is something that is easy to remember! Come see us at Imagine Physical Therapy and you will get BETTER FASTER and STAY BETTER LONGER.
Study: Zhu, W., Wadley, V. G., Howard, V. J., Hutto, B., Blair, S. N., & Hooker, S. P. (2017). Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Cognitive Function in Older Adults. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49(1), 47-53.