A recent study found that even mild exercise can immediately improve memory function.
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The study, performed by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Tsukuba in Japan, found that even light 10 minute workouts can help to increase connectivity in the brain.
The connectivity between the parts of the brain responsible for memory foundation and storage is improved with exercise.
The hippocampus is often one of the first regions of the brain to deteriorate in aging patients.
Shortly after exercising, the researchers examined the subjects brains and found that a little bit of activity can go a long way for brain health.
What does this mean for your aging patients?
It means they should find exercise that is right for them and strive to exercise daily, even for short periods.
Physicians can help their patients find exercises that are suitable for their abilities.
Even short walks can improve brain function.
If your patients are unable to walk, help them to find other exercises they can do, be it in a pool, at the gym or at home.
With the toll that the pandemic has taken on mental health, exercise is a constant aid to brain function, memory and mental health.
Encourage your staff to take breaks to exercise or go for a walk at lunch.
How to you encourage your patients to exercise? Let us know by commenting below!
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