Let Aerobics Protect Your Mind and Body
By Sandy Schroeder
Staying fit in today's world can be a challenge as we all deal with our work, family, and the pandemic. Wherever you are in this equation, it is clear that exercise is key to protect the body and the mind.
Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen spotlighted the problem, citing research from the University of Calgary that tells us how critical aerobics can be. They discovered even veteran couch potatoes start thinking more clearly and enjoy better memory when they do aerobics regularly.
The participants in the study, who had an average age of 65.9, began doing aerobics three times a week for 20 minutes, gradually working up to 40-minute sessions. They also worked out on their own once a week.
After six months the participants showed a 5.7 percent gain in mental agility and self-monitoring in executive function tests. Verbal fluency jumped by 2.4 percent.
Researchers say the improvements are caused by an increase in blood flow to the brain, which went up almost three percent with aerobics.
How This Can Work for You
You may see the implications, but wonder how you can put aerobics into your current situation at home. Here are some ideas to try.
Harvard Health recommends checking with your doctor before beginning new exercise routines. Then you might try these:
Go up and down stairs - See who can do the most steps in your family, but make sure steps are uncluttered.
Use a stationary bike - Watch your favorite programs as you pedal for 30 minutes.
Dance - Pull out your favorite playlist, roll up the rugs, and dance to your heart's content.
March in place - Step out on your patio and march for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes more in the evening.
Walk quickly on a treadmill - Or just walk around your house at a fast clip.
While you are at your desk - Do heel raises, seated knee extensions, leg lifts, squats or planks against your desk.
Wherever you are with the challenge right now, keep moving to hang onto the best health for your mind and body. Consider setting up a bulletin board to track the whole family's progress on a weekly basis. Then hand out stars, new hats and scarves and take pictures of the winners. Whatever you can do to keep yourself and your family active during the pandemic will help you all get through it.
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