Improve Brain Function With Regular Exercise
Feb 14, 2019
We already know that regular exercise can help build strength and bone mass. And it can help lower cholesterol, stress and hyper-tension and reduce your risk of diabetes or heart disease. Recent medical research reveals that a steady workout routine – 30 to 60 minutes a day, several days a week – can help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease for the 50 million people worldwide who suffer from this debilitating disease. In fact, a hormone released by muscles during exercise may move into the brain and combat neurodegeneration.
Physical activity counteracts some of the natural reduction in brain connections that occur as we age. Not only does regular exercise improve blood flow to the brain, it increases chemicals that protect the brain.
Here’s how exercise can impact mental fitness:
- Keeps thinking (cognitive function), reasoning and learning skills sharp
- Improves memory, judgment and thinking skills for people with mild Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment
- Delays or slows the progress of Alzheimer's for people at risk
The Alzheimer’s Association recommends exercise that includes opportunities to socialize, like dance classes, organized fitness classes, golfing, tennis or walking with friends.
It’s never too late to start a healthy exercise routine. Find senior fitness classes near you [BACK LINK].