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Physical Exercise and Brain Fitness

Physical Exercise and Brain Fitness

Regardless of age, physical exercise is one of the most important factors in getting and/or staying fit. With the advancement of technology, our culture becomes increasingly sedentary.  More and more physical jobs are lost to machines and people find themselves sitting at desks all day, only to spend their free time in front of a computer or television later. This becomes more problematic as we get older. Its never too late to start an exercise routine, regardless of physical ability. The Pointe at Kilpatrick offers regular programs to fit those needs of the residents.

Like a healthy diet, a physically fit body is also a great way to help prevent medical problems down the road. A strong, healthy body will have the reserves to fight many illness or injuries that we may encounter.   It is well known that any cardiovascular activity is good for strengthening the heart, which in turn, strengthens the body. It builds muscles, lowers blood pressure, burns unnecessary fat and helps control cholesterol levels. Of course, these are just a few of the benefits that regular exercise can provide.  Another very important result is that it helps strengthen the brain.

More and more studies are showing that physical exercise actually helps "bulk" up the brain. This can be a tremendous advantage to warding off the effects of cognitive deterioration that are associated with such illnesses as Alzheimer's Disease.  In the case of Alzheimer's, the brain shrinks, impairing and preventing its necessary functions.  By regularly exercising, it can be possible to help slow down the effects.

Of course, due to aging, some motor skills diminish, making it more difficult to exercise.  The Pointe at Kilpatrick provides physical fitness programs designed to fit all levels of mobility and endurance.  Walking is one of the easiest ways to promote increased blood flow and safely increase heart rate.  Whether outside or on a treadmill, walking is a low impact activity than can be healthful and fun.  Organizing friends to take group walks is a good way to not only exercise, but to engage in socializing and conversation. Some have even suggested "a walking book club".  This helps on many levels to stimulate and promote a healthy brain.  Walking and caring for a pet is another way of incorporating a physical routine with a mental stimulus.

Finding and maintaining a regular physical exercise routine is important for everyone.  Whether in a group or solo, make exercising enjoyable. This will help to insure that it will become a regular part of your routine. It is also very important to consult your physician to help determine what levels of exercise will not only be beneficial but, most importantly, not harmful to you.