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Body Check Health and Fitness
Roger Aaron (owner) General Membership
Owner Roger Aaron took over ownership of the facility about three years ago.
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Mr. Roger Aaron, Owner
Roger Aaron, Co-Owner of Body Check Health and Fitness in Winston-Salem
...Roger Aaron is the co-owner of Body Check Health and Fitness, a 27,000 square foot facility specializing in personal training.Roger
has designed exercise programs for individuals since 1989, giving him a vast knowledge in the areas of aerobic and weight resistance training.By assessing thousands of individuals he
has gained a unique perspective in the design of exercise programs that has allowed him to become a leader in his
Working Out Wellness | The Winston Salem Journal - Journal Now
Disease and disability of body and mind need not be the inevitable consequences of aging, and new research gives older people more reason than ever to exercise, said Roger D. Aaron, a co-owner of Body Check Health & Fitness and the executive director of the Novant Fitness Center.
In addition to its well-documented benefits on the cardiovascular system, aerobic exercise has recently been shown to improve mental abilities and to help prevent mental decline in the elderly, Aaron
While it's common knowledge that physical activity helps people feel well, lose weight, decrease body fat, increase muscle tone and diminish risk for heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer, only in the last few years have scientific studies shown that exercise has beneficial effects on cognitive functioning.
These benefits are most dramatic in the elderly, Aaron
"For years, fitness experts have believed that exercise has a positive effect on the brain as well as the body," he
"Now the science of fitness has been around long enough that we have several biological studies that firmly indicate that working out does indeed benefit the brain."
The hows and whys aren't fully understood, he
"Researchers believe that the improvements observed in studies are linked to the fact that exercise improves the body's ability to pump blood, and blood carries oxygen everywhere in the body, including the brain."
In addition, regular workouts stimulate the release of natural compounds called neurotrophins, which stimulate brain-cell growth.
It's long been supposed that one of the reasons that the elderly, particularly those with coronary-artery disease and high blood pressure, often suffer some degree of cognitive impairment is at least partially due to reduced blood flow to the brain, Aaron
"The latest studies suggest that, just as exercise improves muscle tone and function, it may also have similar effects on the brain."
Some of the studies making that connection took place at Duke University Medical Center
.The findings were an unexpected offshoot of research designed to compare the effects of exercise and prescription drugs in treating clinical depression.
A team of researchers at Duke demonstrated in late 1999 that aerobic exercise can be as effective as medication in treating major clinical depression in the middle-aged and elderly.
The implications of the research, Aaron
said, are that exercise may help offset some of the mental decline associated with aging.
Regardless of the exact mechanisms at work, research continues to accrue showing that exercise is beneficial to the brain, Aaron
A study of 4,600 older adults published last year in the Archives of Neurology followed the subjects for five years.Investigators found that those with the highest level of physical activity were 40 percent less likely to suffer dementia or mental impairment than the most inactive people.
In addition, Aaron
said, regular exercise gives people a sense of purpose.Lacking a sense of purpose is demonstrably related to the risk of death, he
"There are psychosocial benefits of exercising that affect the brain in a life-prolonging way," Aaron
"Getting out to exercise often means connecting with others.It can become a form of social activity or social engagement."
None of which surprises Johe, who has become close friends with the neighbor she
walks with, and with her
personal trainer, Leslie Manner of Body Check, as well.She
has a group of friends at the gym she
looks forward to seeing each week.
Moderate exercise under a doctor's supervision is the best plan for older adults, Aaron
said, adding: "Geriatric and fitness experts agree that the benefits of exercise for older adults are far-reaching.And there is some form of activity appropriate for everyone."
Before beginning any exercise program, an individual should talk to his
doctor to get an appropriate pre-exercise assessment, which may include a stress test, Aaron
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