Exercise and Alzheimer’s Prevention
Alzheimer’s Disease is a major concern regarding aging. While there is yet to be a tried and true ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s, research indicates that there are steps you can take to lower your risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s important to understand such tips are lifestyle changes that must be made consistently in order to slow down or even prevent Alzheimer’s from taking grasp.
Unfortunately, it is true that there are risk factors that cannot be changed such as age and heredity. Despite this, there are actions that you can take to avoid Alzheimer’s. The more you adhere to these lifestyle changes, the longer and stronger your brain will stay functioning properly. One of the most important lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s is exercising on a regular basis.
The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation states that regular exercise can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to a whopping 50%. Exercise can also help slow down the disease for those who have already started to experience symptoms of Alzheimer’s or mental deterioration. Exercise is an effective tool against Alzheimer’s because it helps to stimulate the brain’s ability to make and create connections.
We know that many people balance an already busy schedule, but incorporating exercise is crucial to maintaining a healthy brain. Try to reach at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. Ideally, you should mix together cardio and strength training exercises. For beginners, walking or walking with weights is a good start. Building muscle with moderate weight training will help you maintain your brain’s health. If you are over 65, adding 2-3 strength sessions to your weekly workout routine may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by half!
Be sure to include balance and coordination exercises, especially as you age. Head injuries from falls increase your risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia making balance extremely important in staying agile and avoiding falls. Exercise programs such as yoga can help you maintain and improve your balance.
Exercising in general has a plethora of other benefits in addition to warding off Alzheimer’s. In addition to the most obvious, weight control, exercising can also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and some cancers. It can also strengthen your bones, muscles, and improve your mental health and mood. It’s no surprise, then, that exercise increases your chances of living longer as a whole.