Movement Matters

Among other designations, the month of June is marked as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, activities like Tae Kwon Do can be beneficial in the fight against cognitive diseases. The punching, kicking and stretching associated with Tae Kwon Do can help your body physically, and mentally.


The study found that people who did moderate intensity activity had a greater likelihood of having healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brains. That is a sign of healthy brain activity. Conversely, those who did light physical activity did not have the same results.


In addition to those findings, the repetitive nature of Tae Kwon Do movements can also be helpful to keeping the memory and mental function of Alzheimer’s patients active. While certainly not a cure, Tae Kwon Do can be a positive step in the right direction for fighting the battle against Alzheimer’s.