Positive Impact of Exercise on Cognitive and Physical Well-being of Adults with Down Syndrome

Tue Dec 12 2023
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ISLAMABAD: A study led by Dr. Dan Gordon from Anglia Ruskin University sheds light on the potential benefits of incorporating light, regular exercise for adults with Down Syndrome.

The genetic disorder, characterized by developmental delays and intellectual disability, sees significant improvements in both cognitive and physical well-being through short bursts of walking, according to the research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

The groundbreaking study explores the effects of physical and cognitive exercise on individuals with Down Syndrome. The study emphasized the positive outcomes observed after just eight weeks of incorporating walking into their routine.

Benefits of Exercise

While walking may not be a natural activity for many in the Down Syndrome community, the study demonstrates its efficacy in enhancing cognitive and executive function.

Participants engaged in cardiorespiratory exercise, specifically walking for 30 minutes three times a week, exhibited notable improvements in physical fitness. The combined cognitive and physical exercise group showed positive outcomes in cognitive activities, including reduced error rates, and improvements in decision-making speed and accuracy.

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