“None of us is getting any younger!” is a popular saying around the world and, sadly, it’s true. You’ll never be as young as you are today and that’s the truth. But with age, comes wisdom (hopefully!) and, just because our body ages, it doesn’t mean that our brains have to slow down and lose functionality.
In fact, there’s a lot we can do to keep our brains young and active regardless of our chronological age. Research shows that regular exercise is a key player in keeping the aging brain in tip top form and maintaining cognitive function. It appears that the type of exercise we engage in can have specific effects:
- Aerobic exercise has been proven to have a significant positive effect on executive function, those brain processes that help us manage daily activities, multi-task, and self-regulate. Scientists believe this is because aerobic exercise increases the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that has specifically been linked to neural development, nerve tissue growth, and memory. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to loss of memory function.
- Resistance training (body weight, resistance bands, dumbbells, etc.) enhances cognitive function by increasing levels of immunoglobulin factor 1 (IGF-) in the body, which stimulates new synapse growth in the brain, and ensures that you always have a good pulse required for proper bodily functions.
- Group exercise settings provide psychosocial stimulation and encouragement to show up to workout with friends. Social interactions promote self-esteem, a feeling of belonging, and may even provide social opportunities outside of the exercise arena. New friendships and support systems are often formed.
- Movement patterns that challenge coordination and motor skills promote neuroplasticity, the development of new neural pathways for mind-body connections and muscle memory.
So let’s think about which form of exercise includes all of those important elements: aerobic, resistance, motor skills coordination, and a social group exercise setting. Oh yeah, GlideFit matches all of those! GlideFit really is optimized to keep your body AND mind challenged and promotes all round well-being long into your golden years. But why wait until then? Enroll in a class now and reap the benefits right away. You’ll be glad you did.