Were you one of those kids who HATED gym class at school?
Did you prefer playing board games to playing baseball?
And now, as an adult, do you take the lift instead of the stairs?
Spend Saturday mornings in bed?
Drive two minutes to the store instead of walking ten?
Time to get your lazy butt moving, buddy.
It’s going to save you from dementia.
Researchers have now confirmed that one of the simplest, easiest and CHEAPEST ways to keep Alzheimer’s at bay is to exercise.
As you are already aware, Alzheimer’s brings one’s life to a close very quickly.
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, affecting more than 5.4 million Americans and ranks as, in a study involving people aged 60 years and over who had been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, researchers found that the median survival rate for only 4.2 years for men, and 5.7 for women.
That’s HALF the number of years a normal, healthy person of the same age group could expect to live.
The worst part is that their quality of life also declines rapidly as they lose their ability to think, speak, move and take care of themselves.
It all sounds incredibly hopeless, right?
No! There IS hope.
And all it takes is 30 minutes a day.
Technically, Alzheimer does not kill the sufferer directly.
Those who die whilst suffering from Alzheimer’s are actually victims of other age-related conditions.
It’s the progression of Alzheimer’s that leads to death.
This cruel disease destroys many of the functions that the body relies upon for day-to-day survival: eating, walking, going to the bathroom and, eventually, swallowing.
It’s the gradual loss of these functions that leads to the person being unable to eat or move around, which, in turn, leads to infections setting in.
The immune system is usually already weak and becomes weaker, which means the patient is highly vulnerable to any pathogens.
Many Alzheimer’s sufferers die of otherwise curable infections such as pneumonia or the flu.
But new studies have shown how this devastating end can be delayed, reduced or even avoided.
Now, we all know that exercise is a good thing.
But, for most of us, the reason we exercise is to calories, right?
To trim down our waistline so we look good in a swimsuit, or even just to erase the guilt of eating a bag of cookies.
This is a whole new reason to get out your activewear.
There’s no pharmacological cure for Alzheimer’s. Instead, getting moving appears to be the answer.
Studies have indicated that physical activity not only boosts learning and memory for EVERY age group, but for those who suffer from dementia too.
Researchers explain that physical activity re-establishes the function of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that plays a major role in relaying information from short-term memory to long-term memory, as well as in spatial memory that enables navigation.
The hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain that suffers damage when dementia strikes.
Exercise boosts the function of the hippocampus by enhancing certain growth factor hormones that promote neurogenesis, angiogenesis, and synaptic plasticity.
The most important of these is the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
Not only that, exercise reduces degradation of the mitochondria and immune system cells caused by aging and dementia.
It also appears that exercising regularly can reduce other pathological symptoms of Alzheimer’s, counteracting the decline caused by the disease.
The incredibly simple benefits of exercise are backed by numerous studies.
A review of six major randomized controlled trials involving Alzheimer’s patients found that exercise reduced cognitive decline overall.
On a global scale, a meta-analysis showed that exercising provided a positive outcome in 95% of subjects.
Think you’re too old to start getting fit?