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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Better Brains as we Age

The results are in from a study done  at the University of Illinois. In a group of elderly volunteers aged 60-79 who participated in this 6 month study it was found that those who performed regular aerobic types of exercise increased the amount on both gray and white matter in their brains!

 These benefits were not found in a control group that did only stretching and toning exercises.

 These results demonstrate and reinforce what I frequently tell my patients. Optimize your function with regular aerobic exercise. It must be regular and rhythmic. The benefits are many including documented improved brain function in people over the age of 60, improved heart function and improved circulation. When the aerobic exercise is done weight bearing it also improves bone density. 

 If you are 60 or older improve your quality of life now and in the future with regular aerobic exercise. Go for a brisk walk, swim or ride a bicycle!

If you are under the age of 60 develop good habits now so that as you age you will have an easy transition and maintain as much of your memory and ability to think clearly as possible.

People with specific physical limitations are welcome to contact me for an evaluation and individual recommendations.

 

In Perfect Health and Happiness, 

 

Dr. DeBruin

 

 

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