BRAIN HEALTH AND EXERCISE
According to Suzuki, this is as much as we know; there is a large amount of data to support the link that in humans, the more exercise you have, the lesser the chances of you developing dementia at a certain age. Thus, if you’ve been exercising, you may be less likely to develop dementia by 60. This does not in anyway suggest that exercise is a cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, rather, it may make the brain stronger and thus more resilient to neurodegenerative diseases.
Thanks to studies in animals, we know how this happens – it promotes the growth of new brain cells in a vital structure called the hippocampus, which is significant for long-term memory. Exercise may also help boost the levels of helpful growth factors in your brain.
This finding comes at a critical time in our understanding of brain health. According to an article published in The Harvard Health Blog researchers estimate that one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds around the world. By 2050, the estimate is that more than 115 million people will have dementia worldwide.
She also mentioned that there have been in-depth studies into exercise for the elderly population. There is a strong link that exercise may aid executive functions in ageing people and improve memory function for people with dementia.
HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO WE NEED?
A lot of people ask how much exercise they need to get. This question is actually very common and in response, Suzuki tells them that unfortunately, there is not an exact figure or number for it.
We are all curious about how much exercise is enough but there is no certain formula that says you need this much exercise. You could aim for 2-3 sessions per week and in general, take the more active choice: walk to work, take the stairs, stretch regularly.
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WHAT ABOUT EXERCISE AND CHIROPRACTIC?
So, you have a lower back injury, perhaps you suffer from sciatica or joint pain. Chiropractors commonly help with these types of issues, and more. Think about it like this: if you are in pain and not able to bend and move freely you probably can’t exercise or play sport like you want to. This lack of exercise may therefore not allow you to enjoy the benefit that exercise has on brain health, as discussed in this article.
Your injuries, often preventable and in many cases easily helped by regular chiropractic care, may be preventing you from reaching your full health potential.
Given that there is a strong link between exercise and brain health, you want to be doing everything you can to ensure you keep moving, and say active.
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To find out more about chiropractic, exercise and how we may help you to reach your potential, contact our friendly team of professional chiropractors today.
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