With the North American population aging, we can expect to see more cases of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research has been able to demonstrate less cognitive decline in active, fit older adults when compared to their less active and sedentary counterparts.
Research out of Japan examined 60 older adults between 50 and 60 years of age. Not only did the findings suggest that physical inactivity was a risk factor for dementia, researchers found that those who participated in walking, gardening, dance, and cycling showed significant reduction in risks. Individuals who took part in sports such as gymnastics, golf, or jogging did not demonstrate similar findings.
9. Exercise Prescription for Mental Health
For many, the thought of having to deal with finding the time to exercise may be overwhelming (especially if one is already challenged with a mental health issue). Fortunately, the prescription for exercise and enhanced mental health is extremely user-friendly.
Beginning with two days per week for 30 minutes each session is a great way to start. Once the habit begins to form, slowly increase the days per week up to five days per week. Coupled with a slow increase up to 60 minutes per session will lead to positive mental health outcomes. The best form of exercise is one we will do and enjoy doing. Walking has been suggested by exercise physiologists to be one of the most effective ways to work out and can be done anywhere, anytime, and with anyone.