Posture Exercise for Memory Loss
You’ve heard that memory loss, as well as the ability to think and process information quickly, gets worse with age. You know the feeling. You come face to face with a longtime acquaintance and her name sticks on the tip of your tongue. Or, you suddenly draw a blank when dialing a telephone number you’ve known for years.
Many of us experience memory glitches and accept these occurrences as a normal sign of aging that will only worsen over time. However, there are things we can do to stay sharp. New studies show that exercise actually improves cognitive ability.
According Dr. Steven Weiniger, Atlanta resident and author of Stand Taller Live Longer: A Posture & Anti Aging Strategy, “Current research shows physical fitness has a positive effect on mental fitness. Regular exercise is a powerful strategy for improving memory, as well as reducing the risks of illness that could lead to cognitive decline. In fact, getting regular exercise may help people keep their cognitive abilities longer.”
A 2006 study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people ages 65 and older that exercised at least three times per week had a 30-40% lower risk of dementia than those in their age group who did not exercise.
“You cannot ignore the mind-body connection. Research shows consistent exercise reduces the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. As important to note is that not exercising increases the risk of these illnesses. For the sake of the brain and the body, move it to keep it,” says Dr. Weiniger.
Exercise for Memory Loss
- WALK – Find excuses to walk every day. Stroll to the mailbox; always choose parking spots that are further from your desired destination, walk around the house while chatting on the phone. If you’ve already developed a daily walking routine, increase the distance and duration of your trips.
- POSTURE EXERCISE – StrongPosture exercise is especially good for pushing back some of the cognitive decline that comes with aging because it is designed to connect mind and body during the exercise program. 7 Steps to StrongPosture® requires a greater amount of mental focus to move, stabilize, balance and control the body during the step-by-step routine in order to practice the exercises precisely. This is key for cognitive stimulation and engagement, and can help combat memory loss.
Exercise your brain by moving your body. Start now, be consistent and gradually increase activity to stay fit in body and mind.
Dr. Steven Weiniger says that regular posture exercise not only reduces the rate of memory loss, but it also helps to combat illness such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and dementia that interfere with brain function. Walking and strong posture exercises can help.
Dr. Steven Weiniger