This is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your brain health, and I’m not talking about running marathons.
In an article this week in the Washington Post, Dr. Gary Small, a well-respected research scientist based at UCLA, said 10 minutes of brisk walking each day can help lower one’s risk of Alzheimer’s. Research has shown that people who exercise on a consistent basis are 30%-60% less likely to develop dementia later on in life. Not bad.
Some studies have shown that more vigorous exercise can benefit those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). A study out of the Mayo Clinic found that adults with MCI who did high intensity aerobics for 45-60 minutes four times a week have improved cognitive function after six months of exercise.
This tip is so important that I will focus on it again next month, when I will share 6 reasons why exercise is good for us.