Exercise may improve our brain’s executive function
Exercise has many benefits, including boosting brain cell production, reducing depression, strengthening the body’s muscular system, and now, researchers believe it may also improve 'executive function'. Research supports that strengthening the muscular system, and improving mobility and range of motion may reduce falls and injuries related to activities of daily living. Maintaining a regular exercise routine can contribute to a senior's ability to maintain their independence.
Exercise affects brain function in many positive ways, including reducing the stress hormone, cortisol. Less stress means less clutter in the brain, which may improve the ability to process information. Exercise also produces dopamine, an active neurotransmitter that contributes to the brain’s ability to regulate emotions and movement. Other 'ripple effects' experienced by seniors who exercise regularly have been a slowing down of cognitive decline, reduced falls, reduced hospital visits (as sicknesses decreases), reduced depression, and a reduction in medication errors. ( In some cases, a reduction in psych meds.)
The BrainFlex interactive workbook includes guides for exercise, meditation/prayer, deep breathing and self-affirmations. Each monthly workbook begin with an action plan seniors create with their families (and/or doctor), and each week they have the opportunity to journal what steps they have taken towards reaching the goals in their action plan, which is structured around the four pillars of ‘aging-well’. (Nutrition, Brain Training, Social Connections, & Exercising/Meditation & Prayer.
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