Transformation 60, Week 3, Day 17
::::Physical Activity and Your Brain::::
If Day 16’s content didn’t make you a believer about how physical activity being important, may this will.
In a September 2014 study, Art Kramer and colleagues at the Beckman Institute at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that physical activity was linked to white matter integrity and improved cognitive function. Like Kramer, other researchers around the country—including Sam Wang at Princeton University—have long been advocates for physical activity as a key factor in promoting a lifespan of brain health.
In a 2007 New York Times Op-Ed tiltled "Exercise on the Brain" Wang and co-author Sandra Aamodt wrote, "Exercise is also strongly associated with a reduced risk of dementia late in life. People who exercise regularly in middle age are one-third as likely to get Alzheimer’s disease in their 70s as those who did not exercise. Even people who begin exercising in their 60s have their risk reduced by half."
New evidence on the benefits of physical activity on the mind and brain continues to fill scientific journals every month. An August 2014 study from the University of Montreal, “Hearts and Minds: Linking Vascular Rigidity and Aerobic Fitness with Cognitive Aging,” was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. In this study, researchers found that aerobic exercise that improved cardiovascular fitness may protect people from cognitive impairment as they age.
In a press release, first author Claudine Gauthier said, "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the heart, before reaching the brain. We found that older adults whose aortas were in a better condition and who had greater aerobic fitness performed better on a cognitive test. We therefore think that the preservation of vessel elasticity may be one of the mechanisms that enables exercise to slow cognitive aging.
Take the list of things you enjoy doing. Get a calendar and schedule your physical activity/workout time. If you are anything like me, if it isn’t scheduled, it isn’t getting done.
Once it is scheduled treat it like you would a meeting.
YOU KEEP THE MEETING!
Here is my work out schedule I started this past week:
Tuesday: 9:30am The Training Room Class
Wednesday: 6:00am Core Power Yoga
Thursday: 9:30am The Training Room Class
Friday: 11:30am Personal Training
Saturday: 9:45am The Training Room Class
Sunday: 9:30am Core Power Yoga (Restorative)
Source: Psychology Today