Maintain Your Brain Health Tip # 3 - Remain Physically Active
Posted Oct 17 2008 5:52pm
Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain as well as to encourage new brain cells. It also can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and thereby protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Growing evidence shows that physical exercise does not have to be strenuous or even require a major time commitment. It is most effective when done regularly, and in combination with a brain-healthy diet, mental activity and social interaction. For the full Alzheimer's Association article go to http://www.alz.org/ or continue to read regular snippets pulled from the Alzheimer's Association website here at "Dementia Thoughts..."
Don't know where to begin? Don't worry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tufts University developed an exercise program designed to assist older adults increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, and improve coordination, balance and mobility. For more details go to: Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults