Now is the Perfect Time to Start an Exercise Program

April 28, 2014

Baby Boomer Exercising at GymSo many men and women in their in their 60's, 70's and 80's start an exercise program with good intentions only to stop it because of pain.  For a successful exercise program to be achieved and continued, this age group requires the initial intervention of a physical therapist.  Physical therapists are movement specialists.  Physical therapist at CHC Physical Therapy will identify movement faults that eventually cause pain……and fix them. 
Movement faults can be fixed. 

Repeatedly bumping into movement faults causes pain.  In this age group, this pain is blamed on arthritis with the misconception that the pain is inevitable. This is wrong.

Contact CHC Physical Therapy to have the perfect exercise program created for you.  This exercise program will be designed with the focus on your goals.  What do you want to do?  CHC Physical Therapy will get you there!

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 Study found regular exercise can keep dementia at bay – even if it’s in your genes: 

“Being active three times a week stops the brain from shrinking.” 
Read more:  US researchers measured brain activity in pensioners over 18 months.  A study of men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s found that being active at least three times a week stopped the brain from shrinking.  Strikingly, even those with a common gene called APOE-e4 were protected by brisk walking, jogging, swimming and cycling. 

 The brain normally shrinks with age, and the hippocampus, the brain’s memory hub is particularly vulnerable in those at genetic risk of dementia. 

Kirk Erickson, an expert in the ageing brain, said: 

‘This is the first study look at how physical activity might impact the loss of hippocampal volume in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. There are no other treatments shown to preserve hippocampal volume in those that may develop Alzheimer’s disease.  This study has tremendous implications for how we might intervene, prior to the development of any dementia symptoms, in older adults who are at increased genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease."

 The APOE-e4 gene is carried by up to 30 per cent of the population.  It increases the risk of Alzheimer’s in old age but not everyone with the suspect DNA will develop the disease. The latest finding suggests that exercise may be one of the factors that decide if a brain is able to overcome its genetic inheritance. The US researchers measured the brain size of four groups of pensioners at thee start and end of the 18-months study.  

The amount of exercise they did was monitored and they were tested for the APOE-e4 gene. The only brain shrinkage occurred in those with the gene who did little or no exercise.

Those with the gene who were at least moderately physically active three times a week or more were protected, the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience reports. Researcher D. J. Carson Smith, of the University of Maryland, said:  “We found that physical activity has the potential to preserve the volume of the hippocampus in those with increased risk for Alzeheimer’s disease, which means we can possibly delay cognitive decline and the onset of dementia symptoms in these individuals.”

“Physical activity interventions may be especially potent and important for this group.”

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