Importance of staying active
Staying active is more important than ever, in a time characterized by isolation and anxiousness it is more important than ever to stay active and engaged. It is well known that physical activity can help everyone stay healthy but studies also show that it can improve the lives of people living with dementia1.
Physical activity increases the production of mood-enhancing hormones, improves strength and balance, and relaxes the body and mind. This can help with depression, reduce falls, improve sleep and prevent restlessness and wandering. Most importantly, evidence also suggests that aerobic exercise can prevent or reverse loss of cognitive function3.
The BikeAround is a fun way of engaging in physical exercise and it has been proven to drive more effort than a traditional stationary bike. In addition to helping people be more active the unique features of the BikeAround also stimulate the mind, thereby achieving a combination of not just physical abut also cognitive activation.
- “I was getting tired towards the end. You are peddling just like you would on a real bike outside”.
Resident using the BikeAround
Read more about the BikeAround here!
https://www.verywellhealth.com/exercise-benefits-for-alzheimers-98666#citation-6 (Main source which references the studies mentioned below)
1 Blumenthal JA, Smith PJ, Mabe S, et al. Lifestyle and neurocognition in older adults with cognitive impairments: A randomized trial. Neurology. 2019;92(3):e212-e223. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000006784
2 Basso JC, Suzuki WA. The Effects of Acute Exercise on Mood, Cognition, Neurophysiology, and Neurochemical Pathways: A Review. Brain Plast. 2017;2(2):127-152. doi:10.3233/BPL-160040
3 Yang SY, Shan CL, Qing H, et al. The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Function of Alzheimer's Disease Patients. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets.2015;14(10):1292-7. doi:10.2174/1871527315666151111123319