People who are physically active are less likely to develop memory problems. New research is finding that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other age-related neurodegenerative problems can be reduced by up to 50% with regular moderate-intensity aerobic activity 30 min./day.
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The benefits increase by adding 2-3 days of strengthening activities. A study of nearly 900 men and women with an average age of 71 found that those who had exercised moderately or vigorously over 5 years performed on a par with someone 10 years younger on tests of memory and other brain skills.
Regular exercise helps prevent high blood pressure and stiffening of the arteries, and keeping blood vessels healthy ensures an optimal flow of blood to the brain.
And the good news is you don’t need to limit your activity to boring exercise plans. Brisk walking, dancing, swimming, yoga, playing golf, riding a bicycle are all examples of beneficial activity. There are many community programs at little or no cost that offer a variety of ways to increase your activity based on your interests.
If it’s been a while since you have been active, take it easy at first and build up to the moderate intensity. Check with your doctor then see a PT who can assess your abilities and recommend the appropriate activities. ANY increase in activity is beneficial to your health!