Why your retirement plan should include exercise

The symptoms of ADHD affect our attention, memory, and executive functioning. These symptoms may become worse as we reach retirement age. Scientists are still researching exactly what brain changes cause executive function to decline in old age.  However, studies do indicate that consistent senior exerciseexercise can help us delay this decline.

A recent report by Medical News Today reviews a collection of research that shows exactly how much exercise is needed to improve executive function in seniors. Executive functions allow us to stay organized, finish tasks, prioritize tasks, and control our behavior and attention. The results showed that moderate exercise such as walking is acceptable, however, it must be done consistently every week and done on a long-term basis.

Seniors, over the age of 73, who did aerobic exercise for an average of 52 hours over the course of six months saw improvements in processing speed and executive functioning. The participants were mostly comprised of seniors that were considered healthy, but some participants had fully developed dementia or signs of cognitive impairment. Seniors that only exercised for 34 hours over the course of six months did not see any cognitive improvement.

Even though you need to exercise for a certain length of time in order to see the benefits, the researchers were excited to say all types of exercise are beneficial. The exercise plan can be low-intensity.  The type of exercise may range from aerobic, strength training, yoga, and mind-body practices.

The research did not show any connection between exercise and improved memory. Harvard Health suggests that you can improve memory by doing mental exercises and continuing to learn new skills.

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