Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp

A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that the most sedentary individuals (i.e. couch potatoes) are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia than regular exercisers. Dementia is a condition of declining mental abilities ( especially memory) that affects your personality, skills (like driving a car), and verbal abilities.

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Stay on a consistent exercise program throughout your lifespan. Try not to view exercise as a temporary means to and end (weight loss). It is part of a healthy lifestyle, and while it does help you lose and maintain weight, it can steer off plenty of health problems, from heart disease to depression.
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Good reason to keep going! Report
Good to know! Report
Not only do I exercise regularly, I also make time to read a book and I've stopped playing addictive games like Candy Crush. Used to think they helped. Now I know they just kill off brain cells. So I'm back to reading books. prefer hard covers and paperbacks to digital. Report
Thank you for this article. Report
Thanks Nicole, this is very true. Report
Even in these trying times with the pandemic and all, we need to connect with people. Reach out to friends and family whether by phone or video chat and have a conversation. It helps keep your mind sharp. Report
Yes! Another reason that exercising is super good for me! Report
I am trying but it isn't always easy to do when it is so easy to just stay on the couch Report
This information is from 2006, but still true today! Report
Thanks for the advice. Report
So many benefits Report
Short & Sweet: get right to the point; Awesome! Report
Thank you! Report


About The Author

Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.