A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may strengthen thinking skills and help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a new study of older adults with early signs of memory problems.
Some weakening in mental function appears to be inevitable as we age. But emerging science suggests that we might be able to slow and mitigate the decline by how we live and, in particular, whether and how we move our bodies. Past studies have found that people who run, weight train, dance, practice tai chi, or regularly garden have a lower risk of developing dementia than people who are not physically active at all.
There also is growing evidence that combining physical activity with meditation might intensify the benefits of both pursuits. But many people do not have the physical capacity or taste for running or other similarly vigorous activities.
So for the new study, which was published in April in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and other institutions decided to test whether yoga, a relatively mild, meditative activity, could alter people’s brains and fortify their ability to think.
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Through its series of specific bodily postures, simple meditation, and breath control, yoga is performed widely by a large variety of individuals for it’s benefits on the body. Recent studies now show that yoga not only has physical benefits on an individual’s body but this practice may actually also have mental benefits and improve mental performance as people age. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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