Exercise is medicine. It’s arguably the most potent “drug” in the world. Yet, studies show most of us don’t get enough of it. That includes older veterans with mental health conditions and other chronic diseases. Exercises for Older Veterans with PTSD is a straight-forward fitness guide that details the physiological impact of PTSD and how physical activity can not only minimize PTSD symptoms, but also improve overall health. It’s a practical, easy-to-follow resource for older veterans interested in starting a physical activity program, whether they have PTSD or not. Exercises for Older Veterans with PTSD is organized into four sections:
Section I explains how chronic PTSD impacts regions of the brain, heart, and important biological functions; and discusses the benefits of physical activity in PTSD management, disease prevention, and overall quality of life.
Section II delves deeper into the key elements of a well-rounded physical activity program; explains the differences between aerobic, muscular, and flexibility exercises; and showcases clear illustrations of various exercises, from beginner to advanced level.
Section III lists a variety of resources to connect veterans with social organizations and information that promote health and wellness.
Section IV explores the latest research from Dr. Sabrina K. Segal on trauma-related stress and its impact on cognition. Dr Segal is a neuroscientist who specializes in exercise and its effect on the brain.