Step One to Keeping a Brain Healthy

"I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." - Emo Phillips Personally, I learned so much within the past week that I feel like my brain may start spilling out. It's a good feeling. Some people like a similar feeling when they've exercised hard; their muscles feel weak and shaky from the stress. Not me. But I get it, when it comes to exercising my brain. The problem is, in order to keep a healthy brain we must move our bodies. If you're concerned about Down syndrome and brain health for a person you love, step one: Move.

I know, right?!

In fact, The New York Times recently reported in How Inactivity Changes the Brain:

What I’m really trying to say is…

This summer Marcus and I took a “Theater Road Trip.” We had a great time, it was a good idea. Here's a moment from the first night at dinner after the show:

While Marcus and I enjoyed our dessert, I watched the family that came in shuffle into the booth caddy-corner from us. The family wore full T-21 regalia. I assume they were at a function of some sort

Exercise Plan – Part of being a Healthy Adult with Down Syndrome

Guest Post from Marcus' Coach, Brad Dienstbier.

You see, I have been working with Marcus for a while now and thought that this would be a good opportunity to share some tips on how other trainers can safely and effectively design exercise programs that encourage strength and fitness as part of being a healthy adult with Down syndrome.

People with DS can benefit from exercise like everybody else and struggle with typical conditions such as obesity and diabetes but they are also prone to some atypical conditions that must be considered when exercising.

Find a Fitness Facility That’s Up with Down Syndrome

Finding a good fitness facility is part 4 of our healthy adult with Down syndrome series.

In the fitness business we deal with many unique circumstances. In fact, I now realize that there are few people who don't require some sort of special consideration when designing their exercise programs.

So when my friend Mardra asked me to write a post on how to find a gym that is a good match for someone with Down syndrome, I jumped at the chance. Here are my tips to find the place with the right fit: