Want to Slow Down Memory Loss? Exercise

June 27th, 2017

American Association for the Advancement of Science. Although the committee believes that the strongest evidence supports memory training, there are numerous studies that recommend consistent exercise to fight the effects of aging and, specifically, memory loss. “Here we’re talking about modest aerobic exercise,” Petersen said. That includes brisk walking.  “How much? Maybe 150 minutes a week — 30 minutes five times, 50 minutes three times — can have an effect on reducing cognitive impairment later in life.” Who can’t spare less than two hours a week to ward off Alzheimer’s disease? As you age, regular exercise is more important than ever to your body and mind.  And, fitness for seniors – and those of us who are baby boomers – can be fun! Not only is exercise is good for your heart, it’s also good for your brain. Exercising when young and fitness for seniors benefits regular brain functions and can help keep the brain active, which can prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia. Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition’s progression once it starts, reports a Mayo Clinic study published in October 2011 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additionally, exercise boosts mood and self-confidence.  It is a fact that people have a higher rate of depression as they age.  Endorphins produced by exercise can actually help you feel better and reduce feelings of sadness. Being active and feeling strong naturally helps you feel more self-confident and improves your self-image. Now that you know the importance of exercise for the young – and the young-at-heart, I hope to see you in the gym! As you age, staying active mentally is just as important as staying active physically. At Fitness for Health, we can help you achieve both. Our unique approach to senior wellness focuses on helping you strengthen and maintain the skills that other workouts often overlook. Learn how our Fitness for Seniors program can help you maintain weight management, increase bone and joint health and improve your cognitive abilities.]]>

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