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How Much Exercise Do You Really Need To Prevent Forgetfulness?

Posted by Brian Bigelow on

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need To Prevent Forgetfulness?

Are you concerned about forgetfulness? If not, you probably should be. 

That’s because according to new data the number of people diagnosed with brain fog is set to triple by the year 2050.

But the news isn’t all bad.

According to research, you can lower your risk of developing brain fog by simply getting more exercise.

Because, while many people affected with forgetfulness do have a genetic predisposition to the disease, a full 1/3 of the cases can be attributed to risk factors like diabetes, obesity, smoking and physical inactivity. 

But why lack of exercise?

Simple, exercise helps improve blood flow and boosts oxygen consumption, both of which are extremely advantageous to the brain. 

By itself, exercise can make the brain function better. 

And a better functioning brain is more resistant to cognitive diseases like brain fog and forgetfulness. 

Plus, exercise can have a positive effect on all the other risk factors.

It reduces your risk of heart attack, of having a stroke and of developing diabetes. 

This makes exercise the single best way to fight forgetfulness.

And when researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health put older adults on a moderate exercise program, they found that the thickness of the outer part of the brain increased. 

This area is called the cortex and it’s associated with higher cognitive function. And the thickening of this area potentially offers protection against brain diseases like brain fog.  

So How Much Exercise Do You Need?

While researchers are convinced that exercise can offer significant protection from cognitive decline, the question has always been just how much is needed?

A recent study appears to have the answer. 

Researchers found that just 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week can have extremely positive effects on memory and performance. Plus, it only takes about 12 weeks or less to see the positive improvements. 

What Type of Exercise Is Best
For Brain Health?

Recently, Gregory Panza an exercise physiologist in the Department of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT — and his research team examined the brain benefits of exercise using some of the latest technology.4

They started with a review of the existing research which was comprised of 19 studies. These studies looked at the effects of exercise on the cognitive function of at-risk seniors. 

In total, 1,145 seniors at risk for brain fog due to a variety of risk factors were evaluated. 

What Panza and his team found was that the cognitive function in elderly adults who participate in aerobic exercise only, was three times better than that of seniors who did both aerobic and strength training exercises in combination. 

However, they also found that overall seniors who did any type of exercise showed better cognitive function when compared to seniors who didn’t exercise at all. 

In fact, those who didn’t exercise showed a decrease in overall cognitive ability. 

In addition to their findings that aerobic exercise was superior the researchers also confirmed the WHO’s guidelines for physical activity.

 

The bottom line: If you want to delay the onset of age related cognitive decline, whether you’re at risk or not…

Exercise is your best bet.


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