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Physical Activity

NAN sleeping 4 Brain Health


Summary: Sedentary behavior contributes to a range of poor health outcomes, including brain diseases. John and Ryan discuss the research supporting the importance of spending more time moving, rather than sitting, in daily life. They highlight that healthy physical activity does not require an expensive gym membership. Finally, they discuss methods for overcoming barriers to being physically active, including a long list of strategies to add more movement to your daily routine.

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Journal Articles:
Ahlskog, J. E. (2011). Does vigorous exercise have a neuroprotective effect in Parkinson disease? Neurology, 77(3), 288-294.
Ahlskog, J. E., Geda, Y. E., Graff-Radford, N. R., & Petersen, R. C. (2011). Physical exercise as a preventive or disease-modifying treatment of dementia and brain aging. Paper presented at the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Erickson, K. I., Voss, M. W., Prakash, R. S., Basak, C., Szabo, A., Chaddock, L., . . . White, S. M. (2011). Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(7), 3017-3022.
Heyn, P., Abreu, B. C., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (2004). The effects of exercise training on elderly persons with cognitive impairment and dementia: a meta-analysis. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 85(10), 1694-1704.
Hörder, H., Johansson, L., Guo, X., Grimby, G., Kern, S., Östling, S., & Skoog, I. (2018). Midlife cardiovascular fitness and dementia: a 44-year longitudinal population study in women. Neurology, 90(15), e1298-e1305.
Rabin, J. S., Klein, H., Kirn, D. R., Schultz, A. P., Yang, H.-S., Hampton, O., . . . Hedden, T. (2019). Associations of Physical Activity and β-Amyloid With Longitudinal Cognition and Neurodegeneration in Clinically Normal Older Adults. JAMA neurology.
Sofi, F., Valecchi, D., Bacci, D., Abbate, R., Gensini, G. F., Casini, A., & Macchi, C. (2011). Physical activity and risk of cognitive decline: a meta‐analysis of prospective studies. Journal of internal medicine, 269(1), 107-117.
Tricco, A. C., Thomas, S. M., Veroniki, A. A., Hamid, J. S., Cogo, E., Strifler, L., . . . MacDonald, H. (2017). Comparisons of interventions for preventing falls in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Jama, 318(17), 1687-1699.