Exercise is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Some of those who suffer DPDR claim that exercise exacerbates their symptoms. Exercise is important, but the right type of exercise may be a key factor in addressing the underlying aspects of DPDR.

  • This study states that Aerobic training helps to regulate brain networks and assist those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). However, it does state that it showed decreased resting state metabolism in the Salience Network and increased resting state metabolism in the Default Mode Network which is theoretically the opposite of what is desired to overcome DPDR Disorder, which may have to with why some feels it exacerbates their symptoms. Overall, Aerobic Training still induces neuroplasticity in these critical networks and recovery is a holistic approach rather than just through Aerobic Training.
  • Aerobic training (AT) is a promising intervention to improve cognitive functioning…In the model, salience network rBGM (Rapid Blood Glucose Monitoring) was decreased after AT. In contrast, rBGM in the default mode network increased as a final outcome. This result suggested improved salience network efficacy and increased control over other brain functional networks. [1]
  • A decrease in rBGM in the SN variable may possibly represent an improved function in this network, as it is a task-positive network and the metabolism was measured at rest. As one possible function of the SN is to regulate other networks, improved SN efficiency may facilitate the functioning of the connected networks. The neuroplasticity induced in the SN after AT may improve its function (decreasing resting-state metabolism, as the SN is a task-positive network), consequently promoting better dynamic regulation of other brain networks. [1]
  • These findings suggest that AT may be an important strategy to induce neuroplasticity and could impact the dynamic interaction and function of brain networks in older adults with MCI. [1]
  • In a sample of healthy younger and older adults, we found that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic cycling selectively increased synchrony among brain regions associated with affect and reward processing, learning and memory, and in regions important for attention and executive control. Our study provides valuable insight into understanding how moderate-intensity exercise directly affects brain function and enhances the FC of networks that degrade with aging [2]