Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Tip for Faster Recovery

A Tip for Faster Recovery

            So many times when we ask what we can do to get better we are often told to be patient, it just takes time. Attitude is the most important in my opinion, but that’s not really doing anything, so what can one do?

            Well, I came across something the other day, which I believe is just what many people are looking for. This is a study that shows a definite improvement in mental faculties. This study was done on older people and was connected to age related brain issues, but I think survivors will find this relevant.

            A study done by Prof. Arthur Kramer on what the effects of simply walking regularly would have on mental functions. Specifically, on reversing the aging process, which is very similar to brain injury recovery. What he found out will not surprise very many people; exercise is good for you. What will raise many eyebrows is how good it is for you. One half his test subjects walked for half an hour three times a week, the other half remained sedentary (inactive). The active people improved up to 15% on mental tests!

            The areas most improved were regions responsible for “executive control functions.” Those are the areas with which, as brain injured people, we suffer some of our most debilitating deficits. You know the issues I’m talking about, planning, and using working memory, making decisions, and picking out relevant information from irrelevant distractions.

            These tests were on elderly people, so even older TBI sufferers can expect some benefit from exercise, and one would imagine that younger folks might even expect more dramatic results.

            Of course, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before embarking on any exercise program. Also, you should try to find something that you enjoy doing so that you are more likely to keep doing it. Good luck!

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