Exercise to improve brain health.

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A number of studies have pointed to the brain-boosting power of exercise, and new guidelines recommend exercise for those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. An intermediate condition between normal age-related brain changes and full-blown dementia, mild cognitive impairment affects many older adults. Other research suggests that exercise may help to enhance brain power for younger people and slow down age-related brain changes. Consistent, moderate-intensity exercise is the name of the game if you want to reap the health benefits, including staying sharp as well as better physical health. Work your way up to doing 150 minutes of exercise a week — that’s five 30-minute sessions, three 50-minute sessions, or a little more than 20 minutes every day. Make it fun by doing something you enjoy and pairing up with a workout buddy.

Source: Practice guideline update summary: Mild cognitive impairment

 

“…exercise is as effective as certain medications for treating anxiety and depression.” 
― John J. Ratey

Posted on April 6, 2018 and filed under fitness.