Exercise for brain power

BEYOND IMPROVING STRENGTH, STAMINA,

AND FLEXIBILITY, AEROBIC EXERCISE SUPPORTS COGNITION.

A RECENTLY RELEASED analysis of multiple research studies suggests seniors with mild cognitive impairment or risk for Alzheimer’s disease who regularly engaged in exercise demonstrated slower cognitive decline.

“Exercise can sharpen your brain function, especially when you introduce new activities into your routine,”

says Karen Wirtanen, MS, CCC/SLP, Prevea Health speech- language pathologist. “Improved brain function can result from doing something as simple as exploring a new walking path or exercising on a different machine at the gym.”

THREE THINGS TO TRY

Freshen up your workout routine by trying something new.

• Short but sweet—Set a timer and fit as much brisk movement as possible into a 10-minute session.

• Shuffle the schedule—Instead of your usual after- dinner stroll, take an early morning walk or bike ride.

• Explore the possibilities—Why not take a class in belly, ballet, ballroom, or tap dancing?

For added fun, ask someone to join you.

“Having a workout partner is motivating and offers social benefits as well,” Wirtanen says. “Many seniors tend to

feel isolated, which can lead to depression and inactivity. Exercising with someone is a great way to stay connected

while also enhancing health and cognitive function.”

WQOW Staff

WQOW Staff

More News

More Inspiring Health

Exercise for brain power

“Exercise can sharpen your brain function, especially when you introduce new activities into your routine,”

I’m so hungry!

YOU HAD DINNER. IT’S ALMOST BEDTIME. SO WHY DID YOU JUST SCOOP OUT A BOWL OF ICE CREAM?

The priceless gift

Bob was three months short of his 18th birthday in September 2000, when his vehicle crested a hill and ran

The priceless gift

Bob was three months short of his 18th birthday in September 2000, when his vehicle crested a hill and ran

A parent’s guide to peaceful travel

WHEN CHILDREN FIGHT in the car, their arguments cause a potentially dangerous distraction for drivers. An Australian research team, for

When helping others helps you

MULTIPLE STUDIES HAVE shown that a rapid decline in mental and physical health can occur after retirement. According to Mary

Eat with the seasons

DURING THE SUMMER, Wisconsin farmers harvest a variety of fruits and vegetables for local markets. Beets, berries, squash, and sweet

Harvest of hope

NOW IN ITS fifth growing season, the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Garden welcomes green thumbs of all ages to

The healing effects of proper posture

MAYBE YOU’RE FEELING a little tired. Or perhaps you are very tall, head and shoulders above everyone in the world

Take a tech time-out & help teens disconnect

A RECENT SURVEY conducted by the American Psychological Association found 86 percent of Americans report constantly checking their smartphones, and

Scroll to top
Skip to content