Reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by exercising at least three times a week for 20-30 minutes. There is now a well established body of evidence to support the notion that exercising improves brain function and protects against disease and illness.
A recently published book “Brain Rules” by John Medina has summed up current brain knowledge in 12 rules that we can use to guide our living at play and work and exercising is one of the first rules.
He suggests that our learning and work environments are not designed for brains that evolved in activity and motion. We had to move to survive and sitting still does not support brain activity. Exercise (especially aerobic activity) helps us think by oxygenating our blood supply so that our brains are more nourished by well-oxygenated blood and so can be active. We can think and learn better.
Medina cites studies that suggest you can decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s by 60% with regular aerobic exercise. Whatever the figure, in addition to your lower risk of dementia, there is strong evidence that your life will be more healthy, your thinking sharper, and your mood less depressed.
So see you out there on the track.