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.