Exercise your way to a healthy brain!

Having a healthy body and mind is all important these days as we all continue to live longer.  In 1900 the average life expectancy was just 47 years old while today that’s thankfully increased to approximately 78.  Longer life expectancy brings with it the need to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind in order to make the most of our longer lives.

Over the last 10 years, neuroscientists have been able to gain some invaluable information about how our brains work and have concluded that whatever is good for our body is also good for our brain.  The research has proven that exercise is one of the most important factors in the overall health of our brains throughout a persons life span.  Scientists have found that even in later life, our brains continue to not just maintain but to form new connections and networks in response to learning.  This means that as with muscles and cardiovascular health, the brain is able to change and respond to exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices at any stage in our lives.

A shocking disease that can affect the brain, normally at around the age of 65, is dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.  It’s estimated that 35.6 million people worldwide are affected by this debilitating disease.  But keeping the brain and body active may be among the most important ways to reduce the risk and possibly even prevent this disease from starting.  Studies have suggested that exercise can lower the risk of dementia by 50 – 60 percent.  Aerobic exercise is the best form of exercise to strengthen  the connections between brain cells to help maintain a healthy brain.

If the brain isn’t actively growing, it’s very likely that it’s actually dying!  However the great news is that by adopting a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise programme at any age, you can bring about positive changes to your body and brain resulting in a longer, healthier and more active life.