Archive for Saturday, December 27, 2008

Brain workout

No more exercise excuses. Even your brain needs a good physical workout.

December 27, 2008


If you’re looking for some incentive to make good on a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, some new Kansas University research may fill the bill.

With funding from the National Institute on Aging, researchers at KU Medical Center and KU’s Lawrence campus are studying ways to prevent the debilitating loss of cognitive function associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Five years into the study, researchers are finding that the best way to keep your mind fit is to work your body. Aerobic exercise, the researchers say, has the most significant impact on maintaining cognitive function.

“Exercise seems to be better than any crossword puzzle or other mental activity by two to three times at least,” said David K. Johnson, a KU research scientist.

So the best thing you can do for your brain is to get your body moving. Researchers still are working to determine how much and what kind of exercise is optimum for seniors, but it seems a safe bet that a daily walk couldn’t hurt.

So, it’s time to get moving. Walk around the block, take some laps around a big retail store or get on a treadmill at one of the city’s recreation centers. Your mind and your body both will thank you.


Leslie Swearingen 7 years, 10 months ago

“Exercise seems to be better than any crossword puzzle or other mental activity by two to three times at least,” said David K. Johnson, a KU research scientist.Oh, come on! Would not this make Madonna smarter than Einstein? Maybe this is why Paris Hilton was able to come up with a better energy plan than Bush. Think?

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

bush's GPA/IQ was rated higher than John Kerry's. painting republican presidents as stupid is a very very old wornout old saw, going back to Ike. give it a rest. plus, you gonna blame Bush for $1.35/gal gas now? huh?***for the editorial:"My BRAIN HURTS! [note, Monty Python ref]research is absolutely correct. exercise does more to maintain cognitive function much more than sitting and mashing keys on a keyboard! going to exercise now.

Leslie Swearingen 7 years, 9 months ago

bearded_gnome, after you get though in the weight room, please tell me how you explain Stephen Hawking? You do know who he is don't you?

Leslie Swearingen 7 years, 9 months ago

Larry, I am not on public assistance, and my one and only child, works full time at Wal-Mart. My granddaughter is going to KU where she is paying her own way with her jobs, yes I did write jobs.I was not intending to insult bearded_gnome. I really want to know the answer to my question.Bless you for sticking up for him though. We all now and then need that. Your intention was good, as was mine.

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