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No Matter How Old You Are, Exercise Does a Body Good

Posted 12/07/2012 | By HealthCorps

A recent study (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101162713.htm) published in the journal, Stroke, suggests that if you are older and in relatively good health, staying engaged with exercise may significantly reduce your risk of dementia.

In the study, older individuals who had no disabilities or other confounding health issues, who engaged in “regular physical activity,” reduced their risk of vascular-related dementia by about 40%.  Overall cognitive impairment due to any etiology was reduced by 60%.

In fact, regular physical activity has a protective nature regardless of age, education, state of the brain’s white matter, education level and even in the face of a past history of stroke or diabetes.  Researchers suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week, to prevent cognitive impairment.  For weight loss, heart health or to impact blood sugar levels, you may need to exercise for longer durations and add an extra one or two more days of fitness weekly.

Of course, the younger you are, the more cumulative the benefits of exercise.  So kids, get your parents moving….and parents, make exercise a family affair!!

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