Running from Alzheimer’s. Three older adults in a gym working out

Run from Alzheimers, or walk, bicycle, or skip suggests University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, when it comes to reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. It helps keep joints, muscles, and the heart happy and healthy. It also helps people stay at a good weight and promotes quality sleep. Caregivers can even join in the fun and exercise together.

Reading, crossword puzzles, and eating healthy are important in our overall well-being. However, physical activity like running, plays an important role in helping lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This can include several “mini” workouts. Even walking is beneficial.

Researchers from the Cooper Institute have been studying the effect of exercise on this disease and others since 1970. One specific study looked at participant’s risk factors for Alzheimer disease and their physical ability. These individuals were divided into groups according to fitness level. The results show that those with the highest fitness levels have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s never too late to start running from Alzheimer’s disease.

Sources:

DeFina L, Willis B, Radford N, et al. The association between midlife cardiorespiratory fitness levels and later life dementia: a cohort study. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013 Feb; 158 (3): 162-168.

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