Friday, September 12, 2014

It Takes Just 1% to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Just 20 minutes of exercise a day can reduce the risk and slow the progression of developing Alzheimer’s - 1% of your day, that’s it! Listed below are the amazing benefits of light to moderate exercise like walking, bicycling, gardening, tai chi, or yoga everyday.

1.    Improve cardiovascular health: Exercise lets more oxygen into the blood stream. Impaired blood flow is a critical affliction of deteriorating brain health.

2.    Help physical function:  Strengthen muscles and bones, enhance body confidence, feel a sense of accomplishment and improve coordination to reduce risk of falls and maintain independence longer.

3.    Promote cognition: Studies show that physical activity may improve memory, slow down mental decline and reduce brain cell loss.

4.    Restful sleep: Alzheimer’s upsets the “internal body clock” and makes it difficult for those with the disease to separate dreams from reality. Physical activity can help for a more restful sleep at night.

5.    Enhance social interaction: Opportunities to engage in exercise with social interaction is shown to reduce feelings of isolation and helps maintain brain vitality.

1 comment:

  1. This is true! 20 minutes a day can make a difference in our life. Sadly, many can't find time to do it. Let's spread the word and walk out of Alzheimer's.

    This has been part of our next caregiver's newsletter release.