One-on-One Fitness Training Can Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease
Sep 12, 2018
Research has shown that simple lifestyle changes can slow down and even reverse the effects of dementia, while reducing one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise – such as one-on-one fitness training – is chief among these changes, as it increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
Unfortunately, some risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s – like genetics and age – are completely beyond our control or influence. However, there exist six distinct pillars of brain health that we do have a say in. In addition to exercise (at the tiptop of the list), they include:
- Regular exercise
- Social engagement
- Healthy diet
- Mental stimulation
- Quality sleep
- Stress management
And guess what? One-on-one fitness training can help you ace all six pillars. Consider the following:
- According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular exercise can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50%. Older adults should aim for up to 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly, broken up into three or more sessions. Start small, however, and gradually increase your workouts.
- It’s a simple fact: the human brain cannot thrive in isolation. Although one-on-one fitness training is a great way to avoid a crowded gym and have uninterrupted access to the best workout equipment;, regular interaction with your personal trainer – who will monitor your performance and motivate you to keep active – is invaluable to your ability to succeed.
- Alzheimer’s has been referred to as “diabetes of the brain.” A healthy diet can reduce inflammation that could potentially damage or inhibit brain cells, and a personal trainer or certified nutritionist can advise you on body-and-brain-healthy snacks. Studies have shown the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) to be particularly effective. It emphasizes brain-friendly foods such as healthy fats and whole grains, along with vegetables, fruits, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and limits sodium, sweets, sugary beverages, and red meats.
- Mental stimulation and cognitive functioning are essential allies in the fight against dementia, and routine exercise delivers this in spades. Additionally, a hearty workout will naturally prompt a better night’s sleep.
- Chronic stress quashes nerve cell growth, and can develop into a prominent risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s. Exercise via one-on-one fitness training organically reduces stress, regulates breathing, and improves moods.
Interested in one-on-one fitness training designed to exercise both your body and mind? Call Fitness Together Ellicott City today at (410) 750-2228.