Friday, July 18, 2008

ALZHEIMER’S AND FITNESS

Take a look at the magazine covers on the news stand, not surprising that you will see interesting headlines which interests you. “Exercise to Loose Weight”, “Exercise to control diabetes”, “Exercise fights depressions” and many more like “Get you beach body in six weeks”.

Ever heard about the benefits of exercises for people with Alzheimer’s? In fact exercise does. In February 2001, only two articles in professional journals documented the multiple benefits of physical fitness training for non-institutionalized early- to moderate-stage persons with Alzheimer's disease. The author's Alzheimer's Disease Rehab by Students program (Arkin, 1999) showed dramatic gains in physical fitness and mood, maintenance of function in multiple language measures, and a slower than typical decline in mental status after a year of exercise.

What is Alzheimer?

A disease named by the German physician Dr. Alois Alzheimer during 1906 which is a brain disorder. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells causing problem with memory, thinking and behavior. This disease can become severe enough to affect work, moods and social life.

Symptoms

The Alzheimer’s Association indicates the following 10 warning signs which may relate to Alzheimer.

1 – Memory Loss
2 – Difficulty performing familiar tasks
3 – Problems with language
4 – Disorientation to time and place
5 – Decreased judgment
6 – Problems with thinking
7 – Misplacing things
8 – Change of mood
9 – Change in personality
10 – Loss of initiative

How exercise helps?

Starting an exercise program is hard for everyone, it is understood that individuals with Alzheimer’s feels better both physically and emotionally with regular exercise. Moderate exercises like walking for 30 to 40 minutes a day is proven to be beneficial to enhance moods and feel better. Exercise can control many of the health problems and also improves flexibility, strength and mobility. Exercise can help to maintain the behavior of a person with Alzheimer’s in addition physical activity can be called an enjoyable moment for them.


Chief Medical Correspondent of CNN Dr. Sunjay Gupta reports on how exercise could prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer's.

2 comments:

amynabi said...

hi zinaan....this is Amy who was at Hers as an aerobics instructor recently
o_O
ingijje dho
cool blog ingey....really good articles on fitness

PERSONAL TRAINER said...

Amy: Great to see you visit my blog, yeah sure i know who Amy is ... Look forward to c u in Hers after your studies.