Did you know that exercise and physical activity could help preserve memory and cognitive function in the long run? All the time there are new studies coming out heralding the benefits of physical fitness. How much do you work out every week? Would you do it more if you knew it could improve your memory for decades to come?
A 2014 study in Finland found that activity in midlife as little as twice a week lowered the risk of dementia compared to those who were not active. Another study showed that young adults who were more physically fit performed better on memory tests when they were middle aged than those who were less fit.
Exercise has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain, reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity, and can even slow brain aging by as much as 10 years! So what are you waiting for! Get started today!
Sarah Geremia, PT, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy
West Ocean City, MD