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67 Cognitive Functioning Cognitive Decline Maurice Chevalier said “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” So while getting older is inevitable, cognitive decline isn’t. Research has shown that maintaining an active lifestyle helps to preserve brain functioning as you get older. • results suggest a significant and consistent protection for all levels of physical activity against the occurrence of cognitive decline Reference Sofi F, Valecchi D, Bacci D, Abbate R, Gensini GF, Casini A, Macchi C. Physical activity and risk of cognitive decline: a meta-analysis of prospective studies. Journal of Internal Medicine. 2011;269:107–117. “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. Friedrich knew what he was talking about. Aerobic activity improves brain functioning. • Aerobic exercise training is associated with modest improvements in attention and processing speed, executive function, and memory Reference Smith P.J., Blumenthal J.A., Hoffman B.M., et al. Aerobic Exercise and Neurocognitive Performance: a Meta-Analytic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2010;72(3):239-252. 10 Sleep No matter how many sheep you count, do you still toss and turn in bed at night? Maybe what you need is a game of soccer 8 or a few laps in the pool. Regular exercise improves both the quantity and quality of sleep. • Regular exercise has small beneficial effects on total sleep time and sleep efficiency, small-to-medium beneficial effects on sleep onset latency, and moderate beneficial effects on sleep quality. Reference Kredlow, M.A., Capozzoli, M.C., Hearon, B.A. et al. The effects of physical activity on sleep: a meta-analytic review. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2015;38:427-449. 50 JUNE • 17 wellth.xyz


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