Remember when you were a kid, you just couldn’t sit still? You looked around everywhere for something to get into?! As it turns out, doing the same thing as adults can improve our memory, strengthen our brain, and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we’ve often talked about, exercise is great for relieving stress, clearing your mind, improving your heart’s health, preventing diabetes, controlling your weight, and a host of other benefits that’d take a day and a half to cover.
For those of us who spend a great deal of time thinking about mental fitness and brain health, exercise is a favorite weapon in our arsenal. It’s shown to improve your memory, prevent Alzheimer’s, and increase blood flow to the brain -which, let’s face it, is always a good thing. Simply put, exercise is one of the best ways to protect your memory, stay sharp, and prevent neurological conditions (dementia, Alzheimer’s…). Even simply working out with hand weights is beneficial.
In fact, a recent Canadian Study showed that just a six-month stint of strength training slowed dementia in 70- something women.
But there’s more!
Studies with young men and women prove that they are sharper, smarter, and mentally quicker after exercise.
The Scientific American reports on HOW exercise actually improves memory: Exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and spatial reasoning. Participants in the study took part in a program of walking for 40 minutes 3 times a week.
It seems that most people believe that only older people should begin thinking about Alzheimer’s Prevention and improving their memory. This type of thinking is ludicrous as well as dangerous. People of all ages need to become active (literally!) when it comes to nurturing their brain, improving their memory, strengthening their mind, and preventing dementia.
A great first step is simply to become more active. Move more, sit less.
- Walk each day.
- Keep dumbbells near the television and work out while watching a favorite show.
- Have frequent “activity bursts” where you get up and do anything you can find to do for 10 minutes. Clean house, walk around the house or yard, march in place, or walk in circles.
- Park further from the door at the store.
- Buy a pedometer and challenge yourself to walk at least 10,000 steps daily.
- Take the long route to get everything you need in the grocery store.
- Work out with resistance bands.
- Make frequent trips to parks – walk, play, and be a general busybody!
- Move, move, move!