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Does this sound familiar? You walk from your living room to your kitchen for a specific purpose, and by the time you get to the kitchen you have forgotten what you were going to do there. Among seniors, this is not unusual, and generally  nothing to panic about. Still, cognitive skills do tend to lessen with the natural aging process in many people, and memory is chief among challenges seniors face.

Here is some good news: Researchers at McMaster University in Canada report that high-intensity workouts improve memory in older adults. The study found that seniors who exercised using short, bursts of activity saw an improvement of up to 30 percent in memory performance while participants who worked out moderately saw no improvement, on average.

The news that exercise is good for brain health is not new, but in this study participants between the ages of 60 and 88 were monitored over a 12-week period and participated in three sessions per week. Some did high intensity workouts, while others exercised moderately. Those in the high intensity group fared much better with memory tests.

Exercise is one of many activities seniors can engage in to improve memory. Some commonly-held suggestions are:

  • Play word games that you are not yet familiar with
  • Read material that challenges you to understand
  • Stay hydrated
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Work on improving skills you already have
  • Eat fruits, vegetables and drink green tea for antioxidants
  • Socialize with other people face to face

Our regular readers know that we highly suggest you come join us at Strength Science Studios. We offer a once-a-week, slow-resistance training program. You will always be guided through your workout by one of our highly-trained trainers. Our workouts last just 30 minutes. Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7, and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call (225)  256-3000.

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