Dementia: Your Brain And Why Exercise Is Key To Health
1 Apr 2016
Physical activity is a valuable part of any health and wellness plan. Regular exercise and movement have now been proven to be associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
It is now recommended for people to engage in cardiovascular exercise to elevate the heart rate. This will increase the blood flow to the brain and body, providing additional nourishment whilst reducing potential dementia risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 50%. Exercise need not be tedious, it can be as simple as walking with a friend, taking a dance class, joining an exercise group or golfing.
Incorporating activities and healthy exercise habits at a young age will allow you to reap and enjoy the lifelong benefits of regular physical activity. However, it’s never too late to start — making healthy choices at any age is beneficial to your well-being. Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.