I’ve shared plenty of research showing the benefits of regular physical activity for Alzheimer’s prevention.
But if I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that nothing will convince someone to rethink their daily routine faster than some good, old-fashioned, immediate gratification.
So, listen up: While it may take a few weeks for a daily exercise routine to pay off on the scale, new research shows doing THIS could lead to an IMMEDIATE pay off for your brain…
Daily activity boosts brain power
Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine tracked physical activity levels and cognitive performance in 90 middle-aged and older subjects, between the ages of 50 and 74.
Subjects wore accelerometers to record daily activity and completed cognitive testing remotely from home. Ultimately, results revealed a perfectly linear association between activity levels and brain function.
In fact, on higher activity days, subjects performed more efficiently on executive function tasks. (Executive function covers areas like working memory, focus, and emotional regulation.)
Meanwhile, on less active days, their cognitive performance declined right alongside their exercise levels.
This association held regardless of other health factors—even among those who rely on assistance in performing daily household tasks, like paying bills.
In other words, simply staying busy could help these adults perform daily tasks with a little more ease.
Benefits now and later
The researchers hypothesize that, because people who function independently are more mentally and socially active, physical activity may have a less obvious impact on their cognition.
But either way, the immediate benefits of staying active—on both dependent and independent adults—are crystal clear.
And not just to your brain, either. I tell you all about the disease-fighting power of a daily “exercise cocktail” in the most recent issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“The only ‘magic bullet’ that can conquer heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and MORE”).
Because the truth is, staying active can add years to your lifespan. And with spring just a few short weeks away, there’s no time like now to start planning your next move.
“Brain function boosted by daily physical activity in middle-aged, older adults.” Science Daily, 01/31/2022. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220131164208.htm)