Some new rules have recently been published to help over 60s understand the kind of exercise they should be doing. Those who have already started to follow these guidelines have noted enhanced brain functions including cerebral improvement and better memory.
All you need to do is chat to your doctor about starting an exercise regime of:
- 150 minutes of steady aerobic activity per week (e.g. walking briskly, or going for a relaxed bike ride) OR 90 minutes of vigorous activity per week (e.g. hiking, running, or playing tennis)
- Dynamic weight training two times per week(also known as resistance training)
- Exercises that help improve your balance (e.g. tai chi or yoga)
An expert in the field ofpsychiatry for people of old age said that individuals who are more advanced in their years and who consistently take part in physical exercise noticemany healthbenefits. For example:
- enhanced psychological results
- physical wellbeing
- physical ability
It has also been proven that many elder people with reduced brain function generally don’t feel confident enough to begin or increase their exercise routines.
Where Can I Start?
The best thing to do is start by talking to your doctor or a personal trainer about wanting to take part in more physical activity. They will be able to give you some guidance on an exercise plan that’s right for you.
You can begin with just a bit of exercise and gradually increase it over time as you begin to get stronger.
You could also find someone to train with. It will make the activity more fun and you can help motivate one another too!
Research into brain functions and mental wellbeing in connection with exercise is still quite a new topic down under, so the ins and outs of how it all works is still slightly unknown.
However, current studies have shown that the brain is indirectly affected by exercise. This is because physical activity reduces blood pressure and improves cardiovascular (heart) functions.
Although other countries have set out rules for over 60s, Australia has now published these guidelines in the hope that the older generation will be able to make positive changes to their physical and mental wellbeing.