Seniors - Train Your Body, Train Your Brain

senior fitness

Forgot your keys? Can’t remember where you parked? Got something to say on the tip of your tongue, but can’t seem to recall the right words? It happens. And it happens more frequently as you age. Is there anything you can do to keep your brain healthy as you grow older? Some age-related memory loss is a normal part of aging.

But there’s at least one thing you can do to keep your brain sharp, and avoid those tip-of-your-tongue moments. And it’s pretty simple...Exercise.

In a University of Birmingham study, researchers compared word-recall and recognition between a group of older adults (ages 60 to 80), and young adults in their 20s. They also measured fitness levels in the older adults by requiring them to ride a stationary bike prior to other testing.

Here’s what they found. The better the older adults performed on the fitness test, the better they performed on the word recall and recognition test. Research shows exercise can help improve brain function and connections used for language and memory recall.

If you want to keep your brain healthy as you age, aim to exercise about 30 minutes a day. Go for a brisk walk. Ride a bike. Take a class at the gym. Find ways to be active that you enjoy. Exercise helps keep your brain healthy.

Part of living a healthy life also includes eating a balanced diet. You should primarily eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. Some lean meats, fish, and low-fat dairy products can also provide needed calories and nutrients.

If you want to keep cooking simple as you get older, we can help. Just check out the selection of Senior-Friendly meals we offer, all made from fresh ingredients, and ready to eat after just a few minutes of cooking time in the microwave.