104 Brain Health Training: Exercise Programming and Techniques
07/08/2020 9:00am - 6:00pm
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Exercise programs are often developed in response to goals that pertain to physical adaptations. However, health and fitness professionals are now faced with a new challenge: addressing the epidemic of cognitive decline. Fitness professionals have the opportunity to join allied health professionals in addressing this epidemic of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Although exercise has been proven beneficial to brain health and cognitive functioning, precise exercise prescriptions are not clear to the general public nor to the health and fitness industries. Health professionals have not yet been able to develop targeted, effective exercise programs for cognitive and brain health. In addition, fitness professionals have not been educated on techniques around enhancing facilitated exercise sessions with cognitive demands. This preconference session will review the research on how certain modalities of exercise can deferentially affect the brain, provide an initial framework for programming for optimal cognitive health, and demonstrate how to apply cognitive demands to exercise sessions.