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!
Have you got a health question?
We've teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare to bring you articles, information and tips from their clinical teams on a wide range of health topics. And if you have a health related question of your own - about your or your family's health, medication or upcoming procedures, for example - you can also access their, "Ask the Expert" service. Available around the clock, 365 days a year this free resource allows you to ask the team of friendly and experienced nurses, midwives and pharmacists about any health concerns you may have - whenever you need them, 24 hours a day, every day. Please get in touch now.
Click below to submit your question online.
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)
- How to keep your home warm without adjusting the thermostat - November 15, 2019
- Have your say: what’s the best 2019 Christmas Advert? - November 14, 2019
- Watch the best of the 2019 Christmas Adverts - November 14, 2019
- Clever uses for zip ties - November 13, 2019
- Autumn Vegetable Chilli - November 13, 2019
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!