While Parkinson’s disease impairs motor functioning and can make it difficult to be active, studies show that exercising regularly can increase balance, reduce falls, and improve gait.
The pain, stiffness, and restricted movement that accompany arthritis may seem like a good reason to curl up in bed, but exercise is beneficial in mild-to-moderate arthritis. The benefits include:
Healing. Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygenation within joint tissue, promoting repair.
Lower risk of complications. Exercise helps protect against complications that
If your physician prescribes antibiotics, question it. And do some research on your own before taking them. Some doctors are a little too quick with the prescription pad, and some patients (myself included) a little too trusting. The truth is we’ve been over-prescribing antibiotics in this country for quite some
Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of
Hopefully the information in earlier chapters has convinced you that getting moving is essential to promoting good health and active aging! The first step in becoming active or increasing your activity level is to remove any barriers that might exist. Behavior change is difficult, and life can get in the
No matter what your current fitness level, it’s never too late to start moving and become more physically active. If you’re already active, keep it up; if you’re not, start now. Research shows that there are significant health benefits even in progressing from no physical activity to a little activity.
Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking
Physical activity is essential for everyone. It improves mood, reduces stress, and can even help decrease the pain of osteoarthritis. In fact, there are few diseases or conditions for which exercise hasn’t shown some positive impact. Multiple studies over the years have provided further evidence to these benefits. For example,
Combining physical exercise with video games can help boost motivation when it comes to getting enough physical activity, but “exergaming” isn’t just for kids—it may benefit adults, too. In a recent small study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who played exergames—video games that double as exercise—experienced improvements when
For aging adults, a threat to independence and mobility is sarcopenia as a result of inactivity. For many older adults, inactivity is a process that develops over decades. The older some people get, the less active they become, meaning a decline in functional exercises. For seniors, it’s not necessarily because