Exercise gets the heart and lungs working, improves vasculat circulation and promotes brain function. Many people find that exercise stimulates conversation, which is a great way of also exercising the brain. Exercise also has “feel good” benefits as it releases endorphins that can lift the spirits. This is great news for people with neurological conditions who may also be depressed.
Exercise increases the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. This stimulates cerebral activity and helps improve connections within the brain that are essential to its optimum functioning. Exercises that give the muscles and lungs a workout can help people with neurological diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. They can also benefit people who have had problems with blood supply to the brain due to a stroke. The key thing is to ensure such exercises are done safely and take account of each person’s individual circumstances.
Exercise helps people with neurological diseases and disorders that are quite common in elderly people. Regular exercise increases muscle strength, including heart muscles. Over time, exercise can help the heart of function more efficiently. A slower heartbeat indicates that you can pump oxygenated blood around the body more efficiently. In short, exercises can help take the pressure off the heart.
The heart and lungs are the body’s engine room. They are closely connected, and exercise can help keep them in shape, with benefits also for brain function. Moderate exercise, properly supervised in those with neurological disorders, can improve cardiac function and blood pressure.
In addition to physical exercises, breathing exercises may be particularly appropriate for people with mobility issues and other neurological disorders.
Improved blood flow to the brain thanks to a regular exercise routine can also improve confidence and balance. This helps reduce stress and anxiety, a major cause of ill-health.
Tai Chi and yoga, rehab therapies like physical, occupational and speech therapies can help with overall well-being as well as balance, motor skills, and language issues.
Stretching, breathing, and smooth movements help improve balance and coordination. Exercise can help people with neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s who are unsteady on their feet and prone to suffer a fall.