We all know exercise keeps us strong and maintains our weight, but did you know it also helps brain function and can prevent the onset of cognitive decline?
Aerobic exercise improves memory, delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and even increases the part of your brain that stores memories (hippocampus). All you need is 30-60 minutes a few times a week!
Exercise has both direct and indirect effects on your brain. For instance, it reduces insulin resistance. Additionally, it stimulates the release of chemicals that affect brain cell health and survival, as well as the growth of new blood vessels. Exercise can also improve your sleep quality and mood. In turn, this decreases stress and anxiety!
Exercising can reduce dementia by about 35%. Likewise, Alzheimer’s can be reduced by 45%! You can significantly improve your memory, attention span, and think more clearly after just one month of aerobic exercise! Simple exercises like walking, swimming, climbing stairs, or dancing are aerobic activities. Another great way to get your heart pumping is by doing household chores, such as mopping, raking leaves, and gardening. These are all types of physical activities!
Don’t wait, start exercising today! It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, the benefits of exercise are countless. Take today and make a positive IMPACT on your life!
– Gabby Tucker, PTA
Meng, Q., Lin, M. S., & Tzeng, I. S. (2020). Relationship Between Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Narrative Literature Review. Frontiers in neuroscience, 14, 131. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2020.00131