How Cardio Exercise Can Decrease Your Dementia Risk by 90%!

 

Yes – it’s true – cardio is a very powerful tool for preventing and
mitigating dementia!

For example, researchers from the University of Gothenburg in
Sweden showed that women with the highest cardiovascular fitness had an 88%
lower risk of dementia than those with moderate fitness.
  Further, women
with the lowest fitness had a 41% greater risk of dementia than those of
average fitness.

The authors of the study stated:

“These results suggest that
cardiovascular fitness is associated with the sparing of brain tissue in aging
humans. Furthermore, these results suggest a strong biological basis for the
role of aerobic fitness in maintaining and enhancing central nervous system
health and cognitive functioning in older adults.”

Similar findings have been found by other
scientists. For example, one observational study that followed more than 600
seniors starting at age 70 found that those who engaged in the most physical
exercise showed the least amount of brain shrinkage over a follow-up period of
three years
.

Exercise increases the
production of BDNF aka brain-derived neurotrophic factor.  BDNF is like Miracle
Grow for your brain.  It not only
preserves existing brain cells – it also activates brain stem cells to
convert into new neurons and effectively makes your brain grow.

Research
confirming this includes a study in which seniors aged 60 to 80 who walked 30
to 45 minutes, three days per week, for one year increased the volume of their
hippocampus by 2%.
 The hippocampus is a region of your brain important for memory.  Higher fitness levels were also associated with a larger prefrontal cortex.

In
another study, patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, the most
common form of dementia, who participated in a four-month-long supervised
exercise program had significantly fewer neuropsychiatric symptoms associated
with the disease than the control group that did not exercise.

Another
study showed that brisk walking program for at least 150 minutes each week was
associated with improvements in functional ability in people with early
Alzheimer’s disease.

Among
some of the participants, the walking program also led to improvements in
cardiorespiratory fitness, and this was in turn associated with improved memory
performance and even increases in the size of their brain’s hippocampus.

Exercise
also triggers a change in the way amyloid precursor protein is metabolized,
thus slowing down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. However, while
exercise can lower your risk of dementia and chronic disease, it’s possible to overdo
high intensity exercise.

When
doing true HIIT training short workouts done just two or three times a week is
all it takes to reap the benefits!

 



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