- OXFORD LIBRARY OF PSYCHOLOGY
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Exercise Psychology: Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity and the Public Health Challenges of Inactivity
- Physical Activity Epidemiology
- The Ultimate Tranquilizer? Exercise and Its Influence on Anxiety
- Body Image and Exercise
- Physical Activity and Cognitive Function: Theoretical Bases, Mechanisms, and Moderators
- Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life
- Physical Activity as a “Stellar” Positive Psychology Intervention
- Psychoneuroendocrinology and Physical Activity
- Muscle Pain During and Following Exercise
- Cardiovascular Health Implications of Combined Mental and Physical Challenge
- Personality and Physical Activity
- Psychosocial Influence
- Theoretical Approaches to Exercise Promotion
- Theoretical Approaches to Physical Activity Intervention
- Social Cognitive Models
- Exercise Is a Many-Splendored Thing, but for Some It Does Not Feel So Splendid: Staging a Resurgence of Hedonistic Ideas in the Quest to Understand Exercise Behavior
- Exercise Psychology and Physical Disability
- Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults
- Children's Motivation for Involvement in Physical Activity
- Exercise Psychology and Children's Intelligence
- Cancer Patients
- Psychology of Resistance Exercise
- Tai Chi as an Alternative Mode of Exercise Activity for Older Adults
Abstract and Keywords
In today's societies, the proportions of older and very old individuals have grown considerably. However, this positive evolution brings with it certain drawbacks. For example, aging is accompanied by physiological changes that may affect health, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. In recent decades, an increasing number of studies have suggested that people should adopt physical activity and exercise as part of their lifestyle to alleviate the negative impact of aging on the body and mind. This chapter presents evidence that physical activity and exercise can play a positive role in improving psychological health and cognitive functioning by enhancing brain integrity in healthy older adults and in geriatric patients suffering from chronic diseases, geriatric syndromes, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia.
Louis Bherer, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Associate Director for Clinical Research, Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal.
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