Fitness and Dementia

Nutrition & Exercise

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HOW THEY CAN AID IN DECREASING OR PREVENTING THE EFFECTS OF DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S.

As we age, the body can break down.  It is simply a part of life.  We may not be able to play three sets of tennis or shoot an 82 on the golf course as we had in the past.  However, one thing we really want to maintain is our minds.  We want to remember when we drove the ball 245 yards or how we outlasted an opponent in a two-and-a-half hour tennis match.  There are things you can do via exercise and proper nutrition which will enable you to keep your mind sharp.

Dr. Daniel Amen is a luminary in the field of medicine.  Take a look at what he calls, “Seven Simple Brain-Promoting Nutritional Tips.”  This food-to-brain information will be extremely helpful in keeping your mind functioning at its highest level.

There is an astounding number that can be found at alz.org, the national website for Alzheimer’s disease.  A study in Seattle that lasted six years, with nearly 2,000 participants, revealed something phenomenal regarding the link between exercise and the disease.  Researchers determined that those who had early Alzheimer’s who were less physically fit showed four times more brain shrinkage than those who were more active.  Staying fit not only feels good and not only decreases cardiovascular disease, it allows for fighting off Alzheimer’s.

Numbers like this are corroborated across the globe.  Here is what Dr. Lawrence Whalley at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen says, “Basically, whatever’s good for your heart is good for your head.  Mortality of vascular disease in the United States was halved between 1965 and 1995, and this is one of the great public-health successes of the 20th century. And what people are looking for in dementia prevention is the same because the factors that everyone knows predispose to heart disease also predispose to dementia.”

A study in Florida showed that exercise among the middle-aged can reduce the odds of getting dementia in older adults by as much as 60%.  Another two-year clinical trial of older adults at risk of mental impairment showed that a combination of physical activity, improved nutritional intake, cognitive training, and added social activities helped to slow decline in the brain.

The list goes on and on.  And that’s what we want for you at RPCoaching.  A little bit of research can supremely effect your mind in a positive way.  We can help with that, and can most definitely put you on the path to success and longer lasting mental performance.  Give us a call at (239) 848-0888 to learn more.

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