The benefits of exercise as we age go far beyond physical strength and healthy weight maintenance.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia are two neurodegenerative diseases strongly associated with age. As we age there are significant structural and functional changes that occur that can lead to mental and physical disability, resulting in symptoms such as feeling confused, being forgetful, having difficulty concentrating, and struggling with daily activities.
So, what does exercise have to do with this? – Physical inactivity is a key driver of this cognitive decline.
Evidence shows that those who perform regular physical activity are less likely to be diagnosed with dementia and AD and increasing physical activity may decrease the risks by 28% and 45% respectively.
Performing physical activity can also improve and reduce the severity of symptoms in those already suffering by improving blood flow to the brain and stimulating the brain in a way that prevents the breakdown of important structures.
Some may say that you “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” but that is no reason anyone cannot make positive changes to their health and fitness, at any age.
Although Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are strongly associated with age and can severely affect mental function and wellbeing – exercise and diet are incredibly effective tools for both prevention and treatment.
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