Fit Body, Fit Brain
Ever forget your car keys or someone’s name? These forms of dementia and memory loss occur and increase as we age but there is hope!
The latest science suggests physical activity holds the potential to fend off aged-related memory loss. One study performed by Dr. Middleton at the University of Waterloo in Ontario measured the energy expenditure and mental functioning of elderly adults over two to five years. The study found the most active group of people to have the least cognitive decline over the years.
If fact, the study revealed that about 90% of people with the greatest daily energy expenditure could think and remember on a similar level each year, with virtually no decline. Best of all? Dr. Middleton concludes that even small doses of exercise, such as the occasional bike ride, can fend off the signs of dementia and memory loss. So those of us who can only spare a few hours a week for the treadmill can rest assured we are still working to maintain our mental health.
But don’t forget the weights! A separate study concluded that women who were lifting weights twice a week for 12 months performed even better on tests of mental processing ability than a control group of women who completed a balance and toning program. Try switching up your cardio routine with a little strength training.