Studies show that exercise has both physical and cognitive benefits!
Tons of evidence-based research is available online touting the benefits of working out…and while reducing weight/body fat and increasing energy may come to mind at first, cognitive benefits have just as much positive impact on quality of life and healthy aging.
In this Harvard Health article, read how the benefits of exercise – from reduced insulin resistance and inflammation to improved mood and sleep have a positive impact on cognition as well. Other “findings indicate that aerobic exercise training is effective at reversing hippocampal volume loss in late adulthood, which is accompanied by improved memory function.”
The top 2 fears I hear related to ageing are falling and becoming forgetful (dementia and Alzheimer’s disease). Fortunately, there is really strong evidence supporting the positive impact of lifestyle, particularly diet and exercise on reducing risk of both. From a few recent articles:
“Exercise treatment is a very promising intervention for Alzheimer’s patients and is even an effective treatment for cognitive impairment in patients without Alzheimer’s. …promising studies have shown that exercise enhances cognition in Alzheimer’s patients and also reduces the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are a physiological hallmark of the disease.” source
Exercise can also help prevent falls by making muscles stronger & more flexible, improving balance, and increasing how long you’re able to stay active. source
Win $30 to Whole Foods!
I LOVE and eat a ton of fruits and veg, but it is easy to get in a rut and eat the same things week after week. The first major results (here) from The American Gut Project found that participants who ate more than 30 unique plants per week produced the most abundant and diverse gut microbes and also had fewer antibiotic resistance genes in their gut microbiomes than people who ate 10 or fewer plants.
I have never really tracked how many different plants I eat, so I thought it would be fun to keep track & encourage my clients to do the same!
I’m hanging this sheet on my fridge & will write down each fruit & veg I eat, with a goal of >30 in mind.
If you want to join in, keep a log of your fruit & veg intake from Monday, June 24-Sunday June 30 & post a pic of it on Instagram by Monday, July 1 at 6pm (must tag @goalfitmethod and use the hashtag #goalfitfruitvegchallenge). I’ll pick a random winner from all the postings to receive a $30 Whole Foods Gift Card (for residents of the US only, not affiliated with Instagram).
Here’s my quick ~25 minute workout -download the Tabata Pro timer app, set at 1 minute of work, 20 seconds of rest for 3rounds:
- Push ups
- Squat to alternating side leg raise
- Overhead dumbbell crunch to triceps extension
- Alternating step back lunge with kickthru
- Chest fly
- Reverse fly
- Wide leg squat to front row
(Ask your doc of exercising is right for you & stop /seek medical attention immediately if you feel at all unwell, dizzy, etc)