Friday, March 9, 2012

How Exercise can help you fight Alzheimer's

A public demonstration of aerobic exercisesImage via Wikipedia
Exercise is great not only for the body but for the mind as well.  It helps firm up the muscles and tightens the skin, improves circulation - which helps in lowering blood pressure and prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Exercise also fights diabetes by helping to normalize blood sugar, aids metabolism and digestion by boosting elimination of toxins.  It brings life promoting oxygen to the brain which helps in brain health as we get older. And, who doesn't worry about brain health and Alzheimer's as we age?

Read on for more information on how and the types of exercise that can help stave off Alzheimer's disease.

Healthy minds

Exercise causes the brain to function better by the multiplication and strengthening of brain cells which facilitates nerve and impulse transmission.

 It is an unfortunate fact of life that as we age, brain shrinkage occurs. But participating in brain stimulating activities through aerobic and resistance activities, can actually help the brain to grow. According to researchers, aerobic activity helps to multitask and stay on point.  While resistance training helps improve the ability to stay focused.  Also reported is the fact that just six months of exercise helps the hippocampus, the memory center, increase in size by 1% - 2%. This is the exact opposite of the shrinkage that occurs with aging.

Exercise also helps to increase blood flow to the brain, which is vital  to brain health and survival.  It also helps to carrying away accumulated toxins that can cause brain fog. This helps improve learning, increases blood flow, and provides the added bonus of reduced cardiovascular disease.

What type of exercise?

Researchers recommend peak fitness programs that is high intensity exercise that incorporates short bursts of activity with periods of rest in between which gives results in less time than traditional cardio workouts. This should be done several times a week through alternating aerobic and resistance training.

Intellectual activities include learning languages, doing puzzles and social stimulation also enhance brain health and helps keep the brain and mind young and vital.


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