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August 09, 2022

A prescription for exercise: Scientists want to help you find the best workout for your brain

Jonathan Stamler, M.D., President and Investigator of Harrington Discovery Institute, and his colleagues are currently developing an exercise wearable to help personalize exercise to minimize the risks of dementia.

Researchers are developing a fitness wearable to personalize exercise and lower the risks of dementia

Research reveals that exercise is beneficial not just for the body, but also for the mind. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, exercising for 30 minutes five times a week can lower one’s risk of developing dementia. But it turns out that not all exercise is created equal — different types of exercise might have a bigger impact on your risk, and the type could even vary from person to person. So how do you know what exercise best fits you?

Imagine if doctors could give you a prescription for exercise — a personalized workout that helps minimize the risks of dementia…

OK, let’s be honest: a doctor can’t compute a fully optimized exercise regime of exactly 15 minutes of jogging, 20 crunches, 35 squats, and 10 minutes of weightlifting, perfectly tailored to you and your health — at least, not yet.

Jonathan Stamler, M.D., a physician-scientist at the Harrington Discovery Institute, and his colleagues are currently developing an exercise wearable to help personalize exercise, funded in part through an award from the American Heart Association-Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment. It can be difficult to know what exercise improves your cognitive health, so the team is designing the device to provide real-time feedback and identify what’s most beneficial for you.

“As a nation, we’re exercising blindly,” Stamler said. “We personalize many other aspects of our drug development today, and I would suggest we should be personalizing and understanding how we exercise to optimize health.”

Read the full article on Alleninstitute.org

About the Scholar

Jonathan Stamler

Cardiovascular

Jonathan Stamler, MD

University Hospitals - Cleveland
2012 Harrington Investigators

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