Exercise for Your Brain

Retired couple jogging

When you think of exercising your brain, do you think about Sudoku, crosswords, and other mental puzzles? Studies are beginning to demonstrate that we need to put down that pencil and stand up and go for a walk. Physical exercise is proven to be better for your brain health than memory quizzes.

Our brains need the stimulation of aerobic exercise; that is, exercises that raise your heart rate and respiration. Just 30 minutes a day 5 days a week (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity exercise can make a difference in mental as well as physical and emotional wellbeing.

That extra blood flow to the brain creates higher levels of BDNF, a protein that
stimulates brain cell healing and growth. Studies show persons that are physically active have less dementia/memory/Alzheimer issues.

Here at Kirby Pines, we have many opportunities for aerobic exercise: walking, water aerobics, sit and stand classes. In the Oasis, we have the recumbent bicycle, Nustep, and treadmill to give you a safe aerobic workout. For strengthening exercises, try the Tai Chi or yoga classes or free weights and resistance equipment in the Oasis.

So leave your puzzles behind and step it up to exercise your brain. See the schedule for an exercise class, you can enjoy or visit the Oasis anytime.