For those of you who do not like to exercise and don’t exercise, may find themselves more susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s, or dementia. The reason for this bad news is that many studies find fitness equals better mental ability, and it is linked to mostly long term memory. Therefore, exercise will decreases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. A new study released this month declares that older adults who take more steps than most by walking or jogging performed better on memory tasks. This may make some seniors say is this really news. It is news, because this study is not just another way of looking a physical fitness and the enhancement of memory and cognitive ability. This study does find a new twist. This study in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society looks at groups both young and old adults. This study also lead them to look at long-term versus short-term memory. The researchers found that older adults who took more steps per day had better memory performance. This should appeal to many elderly, and their caregivers. In addition, it was found that it was long-term memory that was impacted by the exercise. The conclusion that the effects of physical activity extend to long-term memory. The same type of memory that is negatively impacted by aging and neurodegenerative dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Everyone knows that physical activity is a critical component to ward off obesity and cardiovascular-related disease. Knowing that a lack of physical activity may negatively impact one’s memory abilities will be an additional piece of information that should motivate folks to stay more active. Seniors with fastest aging brains have worst physical fitness. Too many seniors don’t start worrying about their brain health until later in life. The evidence just keeps piling up with the connection between good physical fitness and good mental fitness. It seems to be particularly evident as people age into their sixties. In addition, it is seen that many seniors that are physically fit, do not appear to age, or at least look younger and more vibrant than their calendar age. Seniors in the best physical condition tend to have the best mental abilities. The latest research finds those with poor physical fitness in their 40s may have lower brain volumes at age 60.
Many people don’t start worrying about their brain health until later in life, but this study provides more evidence that certain behaviors and risk factors in midlife may have consequences for brain aging later on. Researchers found that individuals with poor physical fitness performed poorly on a cognitive test for decision-making later in life. Poor physical fitness appears to be associated with accelerated brain aging, is what the researchers are suggesting. Promotion of midlife physical fitness may be an important step towards ensuring healthy aging of the brain in the population.
Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem. Now it is found to improve cognitive function, and possibly decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s or even prevent Alzheimer’s. Just thrity minuts of exercise of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking for 3 days a week, is sufficient for these health benefits. In addition, the 30 minutes don’t need to be continuous. Seniors if you are having trouble walking and are having pain, 3 10 minute walks are just as equally useful as a one 30 minute walk. Therefore, walk for better mental health, and physical health.