Now, more than ever, there is strong evidence that regular physical activity is associated with better brain function and reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Exercise gives our brains a healthy boost. This is great news!
Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, stimulates the growth of brain cells and the connections between them, and is associated with larger brain volume. It reduces the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol, which are associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Exercise is one of those “habit” things. You need to get into the habit of exercising, and, sometimes it can be tough to get started, but once you do you'll wonder why you waited so long. Exercise makes us feel good and is a great activity to enjoy with friends.
There are some recommendations on the Your Brain Matters website about frequency of exercise if you want to know more, otherwise, something is always better than nothing!
Let’s get active to beat dementia.