Physical exercise:

  • Helps blood flow to the brain.
  • Increases metabolic capacity, oxygen to brain (McCloskey, 2001).
  • Increases cardio-vascular health.
  • Decreases inflammation.
  • Decreases depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Essential to weight control or losing weight
  • Maintaining or building muscle mass and strength
  • Maintaining balance
  • Preventing falls and injury from falls.
  • Increased blood flow & oxygen consumption improves cognition in healthy elderly & people with AD (Barnes, 2002; Palleschi, 1996).
  • Aerobic fitness reduces brain tissue loss in aging humans (Colcombe, 2003).
  • Tai Chi improves cardio respiratory function, immune system, flexibility, balance, mood, thinking and well-being (Li, 2001).

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