We’ve all heard that we need to exercise to stay healthy, but what you may not realize is just how beneficial exercise can be. Yes, exercise makes you feel better and will keep you in shape, but what you might be surprised to hear is that regular exercise helps your brain function properly and can even help you from developing diseases like Alzheimer’s.
It was found that not only exercising but active hobbies like gardening or sports also fend off Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The areas of the brain that benefit most from an active lifestyle have to do with cognition. These areas are also very sensitive to damage, and exercise helps protect them from being damaged. Studies on mice have shown that mice that exercise, as opposed to sedentary mice, have brains that are more protected from Alzheimer’s and they are less likely to develop the disease.
Along with protecting cognitive areas of the brain, exercise also helps your memory.
A study showed that young adults who exercised regularly for four weeks had a better memory than those who didn’t exercise at all. The effects of exercise were also very pronounced among those who exercised on the day of the memory test. And for older adults, ages 50-85, exercising for just six minutes on a stationary bike also improved memory significantly. The chemicals that help you remember are found in higher levels after exercising.
To exercise properly, you want a very well-rounded workout. Here are four areas to exercise that together build a varied exercise program.
- High-Intensity Interval Training: This type of exercise is when you do short bursts of high-intensity exercise, followed by gentle recovery periods. High-intensity exercise burns more calories and increases your metabolism more than normal exercises do.
- Strength Training: Strength training is to build your muscles and is part of a well-rounded exercise routine. You should have enough weight to allow 4-12 repetitions. You also shouldn’t work on the same muscle groups every day; they need at least to recover, repair and rebuild.
- Core Exercises: You have 29 core muscles around your abdomen, pelvis and back. These muscles provide the foundation for movement in your body. When you exercise them, you help protect your back and your spine becomes less prone to injury. They also help you improve balance and stability.
- Stretching: Holding your stretches for only a couple of seconds improves blood circulation and makes your muscle joints more elastic. It also helps your body repair itself and prepare for the day.
Exercise is so important to living a healthy life. If you want to cut down your risk of diseases and memory loss, make sure you exercise well. It will affect everything you do and how you live your life.
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