Exercise for Your Physical and Mental Health
A Small walk can boost Mental Health
Staying physically active is essential to a long and healthy life. And although a chronic exercise pattern could put a strain on your physical and mental health, low-to-moderate exercise (walking, biking, hiking, etc.) provides many health benefits. Previous studies have shown that moderate exercise helps keep bones and joints healthy, builds muscles, improves sleep, and increases energy levels throughout the day. Now, studies are finding that low-to-moderate exercise may also help support a healthy, aging brain.
Moderate Exercise Improves Cognitive Function
Previous research has shown that moderate exercise improves cognitive function in healthy adults. However, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at the brain function of women who had a history of heart disease or stroke, or were at risk. This study is even more important, because it’s more likely that individuals suffering from a health condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes will also be at risk for brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
The study looked at close to 3,000 women over the age of 65 who were asked to answer several preliminary questions; including how often they exercised. Several years later, they were asked a series of cognitive and memory tests, on four separate occasions, throughout a 4 to 6 year period. What was found, was the more physically active the woman was, the better she performed on the tests given to her. Most physical activity for these women consisted of 30 minutes or more of daily walking. The women in the study who got little to no exercise daily performed poorly in the tests, which researchers say amounted to a five to seven year difference in cognitive aging.
Staying Physically Active May Prevent Mental Illness
Over the years, there continues to be a rise in Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia – with little progress being made in treatments. Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans with a new diagnosis happening every 66 seconds. Staying physically active, and also following a healthy diet, may be a good start in the path to prevention disease. Additionally, one can support their cognitive health with nutritional supplementation such as Youngevity’s SYNAPTIV™. This bi-layered tablet supports immediate neurological needs, as well as long-term brain function; promoting a healthy memory and cognitive function.
Stay active and stay health! Prevention is the key!