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How Exercise Helps With Brain Health

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
1:00 pm2:30 pm
Hybrid! Virtual and in-person at Insight Memory Care Center - Fairfax
Monthly Care Partner Training

There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here's another one, which especially applies to those of us experiencing the brain fog that comes with age: exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills. Studies show regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.

This class will be held both virtually and in-person in Fairfax. Please select your attendance type when you register.

  • In-person attendance in Fairfax is limited to 20 participants. The session will be held in the Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030 (directions).
  • Virtual attendees will receive Zoom information prior to the class.

This program is a part of our monthly Care Partner Training series. All sessions are FREE, and held the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

Beth Donnelly, MS CPT CHHC, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist
I like to consider myself a Health and Lifestyle Strategist (think personal trainer meets nutritionist meets healthy lifestyle muse) providing an integrative and functional approach to health through fitness, nutrition and lifestyle change.
As a personal trainer, I found that my clients were increasingly over the age of 50, less obsessed with bikini season and more focused on basic stability, mobility and strength. This point was further driven home by my own mobility issues and a three year journey to resolve
chronic hip pain. Something as simple as getting out of the car was unnecessarily painful and difficult. As Americans we spend years planning and saving for retirement but give little thought to contributing to our mobility for later years. As we age we unknowingly lose both mobility and mental acuity little by little largely because we've become so sedentary or developed a variety of bad habits. So much so that we are stunned when one day when we have the time and money we can't even walk up the stairs without being winded or in pain much less run around with grandchildren or remember every day facts. Because not everyone loves the gym, I strive to redefine fitness through relevant, sustainable and creative programming in order to support my client’s journey to successfully achieve their goals.

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