Gone are the days when being over 40 meant no workout routine. Exercise is a great step that you can take to improve bone strength and overall health. It also reduces the risk of getting injuries, cancer, back pain, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In today’s globally aging population, prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia is an important public health goal. A study led by Laura F. DeFina, MD, from The Cooper Institute (Texas, USA) suggested that individuals with the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness during middle age were significantly less likely to develop dementia in their senior years. The findings revealed that among nearly 20,000 participants in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, those in the highest quintile of cardiorespiratory fitness at roughly age 50 were 36% less likely than those in the lowest quintile. The magnitude and direction of the association were similar with or without previous stroke, suggesting that the lower risk for dementia later in life was independent of cerebrovascular disease. It is noted that higher midlife fitness levels seem to be associated with lower hazards of developing all-cause dementia later in life and the magnitude and direction of the association were similar with or without previous stroke, suggesting that higher fitness levels earlier in life may lower risk for dementia later in life, independent of cerebrovascular disease.
There are different exercises that you can perform. You could do what you enjoy and in some instances, with the advice of your doctor. You can train in a gym, cycle, run, swim or play badminton, tennis and table tennis. A 20-minute walk will give significant health benefits. Make sure to start easily and then gradually build the intensity. Try alternating between walking fast or jogging for 30 seconds then walking at medium pace for two minutes. You will feel good afterwards. It is never too late to start.
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