Learn from Dr. Jennifer Etnier how exercise can reduce the risk for Alzheimer's Disease

112- How Exercise Improves Our Cognitive Abilities with Dr. Jenny Etnier

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

June 4, 2020

What if exercise did more for us than improve our physical conditioning? What if it could actually have some cognitive benefits as well?

That is exactly what we will be focusing on in this episode with Dr. Jenny Etnier. She has been doing a lot of research on how exercise could possibly be a protective barrier against Alzheimer's and cognitive decline.

Jenny has also studied exercise through different age groups, from kids all the way to the elderly population. You'll learn about the results she has found, and how you can use it to start improving your brain today.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What happens to your body when you restrict movement for a long period of time
  • How much exercise it takes to see any cognitive improvements
  • Types of exercise that work better for brain health
  • What has been researched in regards to exercise and its connection to Alzheimer's Disease


  • [3:00] How can you get someone who absolutely hates exercise to start enjoying movement
  • [4:30] When you lose the access to move, you appreciate what you could do
  • [5:15] What happens with lack of movement as we age
  • [7:45] Is it better to have multiple rounds of short period of exercise throughout the day, or a long session of movement
  • [9:30] How can we motivate kids to want to improve their own health and not give in to peer pressure
  • [11:45] Do people see more exercise benefits from the duration of exercise, or intensity of exercise
  • [13:00] Are there different biological improvements based on intensity of exercise
  • [15:45] Which markers are monitored to see cognitive benefits from exercise
  • [20:30] The research done now allows us to figure out markers to monitor for future studies
  • [21:45] If someone was sedentary their entire life and decided to start exercising in their 50's, will they receive cognitive benefits
  • [24:00] Can overtraining the body lead to cognitive decline
  • [26:00] Will adding a walking treadmill to a workspace be beneficial to get more exercise in during the day
  • [28:15] Does the exercise need to involve the entire body, or can you get benefits from only using certain segments
  • ​[30:45] If you are doing low intensity exercise and learning through audio, can you absorb that information better
  • [32:45] Learn more about the possibility of exercise being a protective behavior against Alzheimer's

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Jenny Etnier

Jenny Etnier teaches us how exercise reduces the risk for Alzheimer's

Jenny Etnier teaches us how exercise reduces the risk for Alzheimer's

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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