Numerous studies have been done to try and find a connection between brain metabolism and physical activity. While there have been results that indicated exercise has a positive effect on memory, a recent study shines new light on the potential benefits of moderate to high-intensity exercise on the mental elasticity of older adults.
Before starting any exercise program, older adults should consult their physician to ensure that all activities and exercises are approved and safe.
Why Moderate Physical Activity Affects Memory
Conclusive evidence has yet to prove that memory can be positively affected by regular physical activity, but multiple studies are showing that older adults, and especially those who are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, may find moderate to high-intensity exercise helps to support the function and survival of brain cells.
Engaging in moderate physical activity is associated with increased cerebral glucose metabolism across brain regions, and more specifically the hippocampus (an area important for learning and memory). The combination of physical and cognitive exercises may be an important factor in improving and preserving brain health and memory in ageing adults.
Moderate Physical Activity Ideas for Older Adults
Physical activities range in type and difficulty, but can make a positive difference in maintaining brain health and memory. Here are some ideas for ways to get the blood moving and the heart pumping.
- Bodyweight Training/Resistance Band Training
- Aerobic Classes
To get the most out of physical activity and keep the mind and muscles in shape, there are some tools that may come in handy. Some of these simple tools can be used to add challenge to an exercise regime.
More Tips to Improve Memory and Brain Health
Healthy, safe exercise is a great place to start, but there are other memory exercises and activities that may help to promote memory retention and overall brain health. Find other ideas, memory exercises, and games for aging adults on our blog.