The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that Alzheimer’s disease will affect 10 million baby boomers! There is no cure, and Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia. With more and more attention being drawn to the disease we strive to find effective methods of prevention. Research suggests that exercise is one of the easiest, yet effective ways to combat the development of the disease.
“Mounting evidence suggests that physical activity may have benefits beyond a healthy heart and body weight. Through the past several years, population studies have suggested that exercise which raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes several times a week can lower your risk of Alzheimer's. Physical activity appears to inhibit Alzheimer's-like brain changes in mice, slowing the development of a key feature of the disease.” – Mayo Clinic
Exercise benefits your brain. It helps with the renewal of brain cells, and studies reveal that exercise also reduces the precursor enzymes and mutations in brain cells that lead to Alzheimer’s. The biggest benefit is that exercise increases the circulation of oxygen and blood to your brain. It is recommended that a person completes a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise with elevated heart rate at moderate intensity 3-5 times per week.
Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Alzheimer's Research Center at the Mayo Clinic, said on ABC: "Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer's disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet."
If you want to improve your health as a whole and lower your risk of diseases exercise is your best bet.