Exercise: Good for You – Good for Your Brain

Retired couple walking on a fall day

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. Studies even suggest that people who are physically active “have lower rates of Alzheimer’s and other age-associated neurodegenerative disorders,” says Arthur F. Kramer, senior vice provost for research and graduate education at Northeastern University in Boston and an expert on exercise and the brain. 

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 well-being. That extra blood flow to the brain creates higher levels of BDNF, a protein that stimulates brain cell healing and growth. 

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 yoga class or free weights and resistance equipment in the Oasis. 

So leave your puzzles behind and step it up to exercise your brain. We are offering Yoga Stretch on Channel 10 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:45 and Sit and Stand at 11:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays or visit the Oasis anytime. It’s not too late to join the walking program. Our first team of the week was “Sam and Sadie”. 

October is Alzheimer Awareness Month. We are so blessed to have an amazing facility like Job’s Way that was specifically designed for people with Memory Issues. We want to show our support to the Alzheimer’s Association through financial donations so they may continue their mission to educate and research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.