Those suffering from memory problems may benefit from exercise. A recent journal article described the effect of exercise on individuals with impairments related to reduced circulatory function. While exercise has been credited previously with prevention of memory loss, more recent research examines whether it may help those who already suffer with memory deficits. The study enrolled some participants in thrice weekly exercise classes and the rest in informational sessions. Modest results demonstrated improvements on thinking tests for those who participated in the exercise class. Researchers also noted a positive impact on blood pressure and cardiovascular capacity in the exercise group. The effect diminished when participants stopped exercising. Researchers hope to examine the impact of exercise on cognition with larger numbers of people and examine its impact on more specific thinking tasks such as handling money or planning.
- 1Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the risk of developing memory problems, but few studies have looked at whether it can help people who already have these problems get better
- 2All of the participants were tested before the study started, at the end of the study and again six months later on their overall thinking skills
- 3Six months after the participants stopped the exercise program, their scores were no different than those who did not exercise.
All of the participants were tested before the study started, at the end of the study and again six months later on their overall thinking skills, executive function skills such as planning and organizing and how well they could complete their daily activities.