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Exercise Improves Brain Health

Yeah, yeah we’ve hear it a thousand times! Exercise is important, yadda yadda yadda . . .

Sorry to nag, but exercise really is that important. Yes, it helps you lose weight. Yes, it helps your cardiovascular health. Yes, it prolongs your life.

But wait, there’s more!

Two new research studies show that exercise is critical in preventing mental health decline. Meaning, if you wanna stay sharp in your old age then get off the couch and get into the gym. (Perhaps even make a [seo type=”fitness”]fitness appointment at the best gym in West Hollywood?[/seo] Just saying.)

“If you stay physically active, you’re buying protection for your brain,” says Eric B. Larson, M.D., the vice president for research at Group Health Cooperative, a nonprofit health-care system based in Seattle.

One study followed 2,809 women from 1995. The participants answered biennial surveys on how often they engaged in various types of exercise (such as jogging, swimming, walking, and climbing stairs). Several years later, the researchers then gave them a series of telephone-based cognitive and memory tests on four separate occasions spread out over a four- to six-year period.

The more physically active the women were, the better they did on the memory tests. And they didn’t have to be surfers or mountain climbers or marathoners. The most active women, who were getting the equivalent of 30 minutes or more of brisk walking every day, experienced much slower cognitive decline than those who got little or no exercise. According to the researchers, the difference amounted to being five to seven years younger, cognitively speaking.

The second study went beyond just surveys (because how can we expect participants to be totally honest about how much they exercised?), and utilized laboratory tests to measure how much energy the participants expended and how well they broke down the chemicals in lab-altered water. Those who got the most physical activity performed the best.

To prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia and just that general brain grogginess that many of us start encountering even in our 20s and 30s, make your personal fitness a priority. Contact us to set up a fitness appointment at the [seo type=”home”]best holistic gym in Los Angeles[/seo]. Hurry . . .  Before you forget!

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