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Fitness and the aging brain

Updated: May 30, 2021



I have been listening to an inspiring podcast which that discusses the benefits of exercises for slowing down brain-function, changes that occur with aging.

Apparently, what is proven to be most effective for specific cognitive skills improvement (i.e. Attention and Processing Speed) is an exercise routine which is exercise of 15 to 30 minutes in length, combining aerobic exercise and strength training.

Data even suggest that aerobic exercise is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.

The nature of one’s exercise could involve gardening, walking, playing golf, hydrotherapy and any activity that will raise oxygen intake levels in your blood and eventually to your brain.

Most importantly, these exercises should be done in a safe manner according to each individual baseline physical capacity!

According to medical literacy, exercises will help us improving our cognition. That includes: our Memory, Attention, Processing Speed and Executive Functions (the control and regulation of our behaviour)

In addition, exercises can also increase our physical abilities such as: our ability to initiate an action, inhibiting non preferable action, monitoring and changing behaviour as required as well as our ability to make future plans (prospective memory).


Physiotherapy with a service provider who is experienced and knowledgeable about the physical and cognitive changes in elders, can create an exercise routine tailored to one’s goals and needs in a safe and most effective way.

On a personal note, this information, reinforces the importance of implementing physiotherapy plan to our aging community. As a mother, daughter, wife and long-term health provider, I would like to help elders and any adult to be involved in a safe physical activity so we would be able to enjoy each other’s company, wisdom, kindness and generosity and to share precious time with the members of our families and community, for as long as we can.

We all need to exercises, but we all want to do it safely, with best guidance, make it fun while safe. Sometimes we need it so that we could recover from an injury, hospitalization or a surgery as quickly as possible and feel like ourselves again… and sometimes it is because we want to be able to stay active, mobile, involved and independent for as long as we can.

Now, let’s do it, let’s stay active and healthy, let’s exercise together and enjoy our mobility… our cognition… and keep on doing the things we wish to do!!!


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