Staying active lowers the risk of cognitive decline
The Global Council on Brain Health says regular exercise can lower the risk of cognitive decline, change brain structure and improve its functioning.
The desire to stay mentally sharp is an important concern for many people as we age, and by incorporating exercise into your routine you have the power to protect your brain and boost cognitive function.
Leading a physically-active lifestyle is a lifelong pursuit, and it’s never too late to get started. Getting more active can be as simple as hobbies like walking and gardening.
The GCBH recommends 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity – something that raises the heart rate – plus two or more days of muscle strengthening activity on a weekly basis. That breaks down to just 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Need some inspiration? Here’s some of our favourite articles with plenty of inspiration on how to get active.
Kettlebell exercises are becoming more and more popular these days as people see the benefit of training with the weights in their own home or the gym. Find out more here.
Try Couch to 5k
Thousands of people across the UK have tried the Couch to 5k programme, and have seen themselves go from couch potato to dedicated runner in just over two months. Find out more here.
Pilates exercises help to condition the body, improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. Find out more about how it works here.
How do you like to stay active? Let us know in the comments below!
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