The Impact of Exercise on Cognitive Functioning

The Impact of Exercise on Cognitive Functioning

There is substantial evidence suggesting physical activity and maintaining involvement in cognitively stimulating activities buttress cognition as we age. However, the mechanism by which engaged lifestyles exert their positive influence on cognitive aging is not clear. Clinical neuropsychologist Amy Jak explores the relationship between activity levels, cognition and brain changes over time and how participation in physical activity may contribute to positive cognitive functioning in older adults. Recorded on 02/17/2016. [4/2016] [Show ID: 30401]

Stein Institute for Research on Aging

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  1. H-W Su on February 5, 2023 at 6:36 am

    I watched UCTV from my TV and this had damaged my cogntive functions…..yousee i type "cogntive.

  2. MrRadar45 on February 5, 2023 at 6:42 am

    This is a great presentation. Uses empirical research to question the impact of various forms of exercise, especially the brain as this is rarely focused upon.

  3. Linda Kesner on February 5, 2023 at 6:43 am

    I was taken to Barrows in Phx when I had sudden onset paralysis starting in my legs. By the time I arrived in an ambulance, my organs were shutting down & I was on breathing machine, feeding tube & received diagnosis of Guillan-Barre. This was in 2008 &with 2 years of therapy I am able to walk again. So grateful for excellent doctors & therapists at Barrows.

  4. pageandink on February 5, 2023 at 6:54 am

    I find ANY exercise at all helps my brain fog, mind farting and general cerebral silliness. At one point I was a running junky. At another time I was a weight lifting buff. People thought I was working on a hot bod strategy. Little did they know I was manufacturing my own personal psychopharmological cures 🤪🤟🏾😊

  5. Liz Nino on February 5, 2023 at 6:56 am

    As a complementary plan of care to prevent cognitive deterioration I had include omega 3 and b complex. Also calcium for my bones.

  6. Nicholeo Cornes on February 5, 2023 at 6:57 am

    Brush face with tooth brush

  7. Lynn Williams on February 5, 2023 at 6:57 am

    A track beside my house walkout at 7:30 overlaps 9 then get two then 9:30 overlapping 10 get two more then top of every other hour get one each then in cooler evening sometime get two again end with 8-12 miles each day. Also lift light weights upper body. I Fast 72hrs each week start Thursday-Sunday end. I still sub a retired teacher Biology. I eat 1.5 protein when not the other not Fasting days a Carnivore. I fell at a gate I thought would open recently no bruises no bones broken just bounced and jumped up scared son but fine. I will be 79 yrs the middle of month. Going for healthy longevity….

  8. Martin Irving on February 5, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Walking is the best exercise. It’s weight-bearing and we need to navigate our environment while doing it. That doesn’t really happen in a swimming pool. The aforementioned is also an argument against treadmills when compared to regular walking.

  9. william millsap on February 5, 2023 at 7:01 am

    I agree exercise is needed but if someone is putting garbage in their body (sugar, grains, processed foods etc.) The exercise wont stop cognitive decline.

  10. TheClassicalSymphony on February 5, 2023 at 7:01 am

    It’s a good barometer as to whether one’s health is failing or not.

  11. Gloria Chester on February 5, 2023 at 7:01 am

    @UCTV Are you pre-approved with any state physical therapy licensure board or agency in the US or Canada?

  12. Margo Wright on February 5, 2023 at 7:02 am

    What if they can’t walk?

  13. Romy Ilano on February 5, 2023 at 7:04 am

    I like that this is dry … she’s not an Instagram or YouTube reality star

  14. MNS on February 5, 2023 at 7:08 am

    So the ‘Dumb Jock’ is a myth?

  15. Larry Morrow on February 5, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Re: "no pain, no gain"
    Pain means something is wrong.
    A better saying would be "no effort, no reward".
    Lifting weights is a deliberate breakdown of muscle cells.
    Eating the necessary materials is important.
    Muscles are built in the rest phase.
    If you break down an amount you can quickly recover from, it feels good not bad, and you can stay consistent with your workout & make progress.

  16. MarkTitus on February 5, 2023 at 7:10 am

    One thing that usually gets left out of talks like this is meditation. For me using meditation as a supplement to physical exercise seems to complete the picture. It seems to be as much of a benefit if not more than working out. I have been meditated for a few years now and all of my ailments I used to have have now disappeared. I feel so much sharper and have more energy and just feel overall better about life than ever before. Things that use to bother me no longer bother and I have a greater love for people. I never used to be like this.

  17. okantichrist on February 5, 2023 at 7:14 am

    So exercise is good for you 🤔

  18. E. on February 5, 2023 at 7:15 am

    I would love to see more research in regards to what anaerobic exercise does to the brain. There are studies that suggest that HIIT sprints have a more profound BDNF release than longer runs do. Fascinating stuff to see. I’m excited for exercise research in regards to neuroscience in the upcoming future!

  19. Michel BAKHOUM on February 5, 2023 at 7:17 am


  20. John Robertson on February 5, 2023 at 7:19 am

    What a waste of an hour

  21. Amiens Arabellis on February 5, 2023 at 7:25 am

    What about dancing as a therapeutic intervention or research on dance exercise to increase participation?

  22. Rao Sensei on February 5, 2023 at 7:25 am

    You are wrong about yoga. I have seen old, old guys in my family smarter than you at ages of 70 and above. Yoga seems to get your brain going. Do you have a racist attitude towards yoga? If meditation has got proven benefits for the brains by the most brilliant of Americans, yoga will be equally good. It’s easy for fat, obese people and other lazy people and people who have never done any exercise. No grunting like all the other stupid exercises where you have to grunt like a PIG. Yoga is revolutionary…

  23. Joe Smith on February 5, 2023 at 7:26 am

    Real scientists say are willing to say ‘we don’t know’ when we don’t. As often as is needed. Amy Jak is a real scientist.

  24. David Cooper on February 5, 2023 at 7:26 am

    AS a long distance runner, I can attest how my brain feels when I do a high intensity (maximum heart rate >= 140 bits per minutes) run for 1 hour. After finishing my run, I feel very relaxed, my brain feels stimulated, I feel calm, my concentration is better, I think clear, I sleep better and deeper, and more.

  25. Mutant Tugboat on February 5, 2023 at 7:28 am

    I enjoyed the presentation and thought it was inciteful. I thought Dr. Amy did well presenting the information. She seemed to have a pleasant caring attitude and used a tone that kept you engaged.

  26. Meigs Glidewell on February 5, 2023 at 7:30 am

    Dr. Jak has interesting info here, worth knowing, though … um…. ya know… I found her kinda …um //hard to listen to because she definitely prepared her slides ahead of time, but um so she knew definitely kinda her info, and …. Whew! Gregor Mendel wrote of his astonishing discovery of the laws of heredity but no one noticed because his paper was tedious. So too with Jak’s talk. To mix a metaphor, this is an uphill listen.

  27. Martin Irving on February 5, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Why? Insulin sensitivity is increased. Similarly with fasting. Put the two together and there is synergistic power the medical establishment (pharmaceutical industry) can only dream of harnessing.
    (posted June 3, 2019)

  28. DOUGLAS WOOSLEY on February 5, 2023 at 7:33 am