You hear it all your life, exercising will keep you healthy. Now we know that after being told to work out and stay active for the 10 millionth time, you probably stopped listening. It gets repetitive and let's face it, no one wants to hear it anymore.
But what if we told you that exercise could actually help you prevent Alzheimers and Dementia? We have your attention again don't we? A new study found that in 1 out of 3 cases, increased physical activity lead to a drastic decrease in an individuals chance of getting Alzheimers or Dementia. It wasn't even a minimal decrease, for Dementia the chance decreased by 30% and Alzheimers decreased by 40%. Aerobic exercise even helped improve cognitive control and provided an overall feeling of comfort.
Of course there are other steps that would benefit you as well such as no smoking, a healthier diet, and less alcohol, but let's just focus on exercise for now. Don't worry, we aren't telling you that you need to completely change your lifestyle. No, but by simply adding just 150 minutes of aerobic exercise to your weekly routine you can keep yourself healthier than before.
If you don't know how to get started or need some help coming up with exercise ideas, try something easy like beginners yoga or take a brisk walk. In fact, even just keeping yourself active by doing chores such as cleaning and gardening has been determined as helpful. One study even found that cooking and washing the dishes can improve circulation as long as you stay up and on your feet.
So before you overwhelm yourself with a crazy workout plan, start small and add a daily walk or weekly aerobics class to your schedule. Combine that with some work around the house and you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle!
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