Neuroscientists have, for the first time, been able to demonstrate that moderate exercise significantly increases the number of neural stem cells in the aging brain.
In research published in Stem Cells, Dr Daniel Blackmore and his colleagues at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have shown that moderate exercise directly increases the number of stem cells in the ageing brain.
One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime. That’s about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes. Worldwide, stroke is the second most common cause of premature death, after heart disease, and is the leading cause of disability among adults
A 2014 study revealed that practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults' performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life.
"Hatha yoga requires focused effort in moving through the poses, controlling the body and breathing at a steady rate," researchers said. "It is possible that this focus on one's body, mind and breath during yoga practice may have generalized to situations outside of the yoga classes, resulting in an improved ability to sustain attention."
For many years, exercise was not a recommended rehabilitation strategy for persons with a diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) . Since it was believed that exercise had no measurable effect on PD, or might worsen the underlying pathology, it was to be avoided.
However, a rich vein of research now indicates that non-pharmological approaches- (exercise based physiotherapy), have a far greater effect on the cardinal features of PD than previously believed
A 2012 study identified significant differences in gray matter volume and self-reported cognitive failures between hatha yoga practitioners and a sample of well-matched controls such that yoga practitioners exhibited volumetrically larger brain structures and fewer lapses in executive function in daily life