Blessed day all ~
GREAT information on the attached article to help you understand the impact exercise has on the brain, especially in the area of disease prevention, brain plasticity and cognitive functioning. Age CAN simply be a number and not a condition of decline.
Some key points in the article:
- A sedentary lifestyle does more than contribute to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. It's, quite literally, a brain-snatcher. It robs you of the neurologic health you need to be your best now and maintain your quality of life as you get older — and can even shorten your lifespan.
- A study conducted on dementia-free older adults found those who walked 72 blocks (or 6-9 miles) a week had more gray matter than people who walked less. Better yet, the increased brain volume was linked with a 2-fold decrease in risk for cognitive decline.
- People who exercise regularly have about half the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia than their sedentary counterparts.
- Exercise needs to be aerobic to promote positive brain effects, according to Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and author of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (Pear Press 2008). Strength training alone doesn't have the same positive brain effects as combining cardiovascular and strength training.
Read more!. Click on the attached link for the full article.
Blessings for a healthy day!
DawnDawn Lang, MA
Perception Access, Inc.