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.