Exercise for seniors
When people ask me about exercise for seniors I’m never quite sure if they are thinking physical exercise or brain exerciser. While I really think that both are important, I’ve not seen the evidence to backup the brain-training programs.
My hunch is that when it comes to exercising the brain, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, reading, playing a musical instrument, art and other brain stimulating activities will help keep your brain young.
The Princeton Professor Sam Wang, Ph.D. tells us that, “Exercise, especially aerobic exercise of the type that gets your heart rate up, is strongly protective of brain functions.
He concluded that interventions that are good for the heart are good for the brain as well. Intellectual engagement and physical activity are major principles for retaining brain function as well as heart health. Two principles – Sound mind in a sound body – Use it or Lose it.”
Hypnosis can help motivate you to get off the couch and exercise your body and your brain.
As a senior citizen myself, I understand the importance of both physical and mental exercise. Since 1997, I have been helping people of all ages with hypnosis exercise motivation.
Find out how hypnosis can help you to exercise to keep your brain and body fit.
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The effect is largest if you start in middle age.
People who exercise starting from middle age are 1/3 as likely to get Alzheimer’s in their 70’s. If they start in their 60’s the risk drops by half.
Exercise does many things that improve our cognitive abilities. It increases blood flow to the brain; triggers secretion of neurotropic factors which improve dendritic growth; secretes naturally occurring opiates (endorphins), reduces stress hormone secretion; and improves cardiovascular health which reduces risk of stroke,” Professor Wang says.
The apparent downside of exercise is that the benefits are short-lived. They last as long as the exercise program or some weeks afterwards. This is in contrast to brain games which give long-lasting benefits but very small.”
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I exercise to keep my brain and body fit.
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