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Exercise For Brain Health & Protection

It will come as no surprise to many that there is more conclusive research to promote exercise for brain health and protection. Our bodies were designed to move. Our vital organs require exercise to function properly and that includes our brain. I recently read that not exercising is actually a depressant  – which makes complete sense given the amazing benefits it brings to our minds. This is an article from Denise Mann for WebMD. It’s never too late to start exercising!

Exercise For Brain Health & Protection

Exercise for brain health and protectionNew research shows that older people who reported exercising for 30 minutes at least three times a week had a nearly 40% lower risk of dementia compared to people who were less active.

The study included 639 people who had an average age of 74. All participants were living independently and without disability. Of these people, 90 developed dementia during the three years of follow-up.

Dementia is an umbrella term for multiple types of mental disability, the most common being Alzheimer’s. In this study, most of the dementia cases were cases of vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is related to inadequate blood flow in thebrain.

About two-thirds of the people in the study said they exercised for 30 minutes a day three times a week. They were less likely to develop problems with thinking skills or dementia than their counterparts who did not get regular physical activity.

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Although this exercise for brain health & protection article is featuring people seventy plus, it’s well worth absorbing by people of all ages. People don’t prioritise exercise enough these days, yet it’s essential to live a healthy life. I’ve never regretted exercising, ever. It gives you a natural high too – who needs drugs!


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