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Exercises to improve brain health.

EXERCISES TO IMPROVE BRAIN HEALTH. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests a variety of exercises for older adults to help improve fitness and brain health. For endurance: engage in aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, dancing. Start with five or 10 minutes and build up to at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. To build strength, use resistance bands, weights, or ordinary household items, such as a a one-pound canned good, a bag of rice or a plastic carton filled with water or sand. Start with a one--or two-pound weight and gradually add more. Start with eight repetitions and build up to 15. For balance, stand on one foot when you're waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store or bank, or use a chair or wall to steady yourself. Also, walk heel to toe for 20 steps. To improve flexibility, do a variety of stretches, repeating three to five times, holding each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds.

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Title Annotation:MIND & MEMORY
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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