When Alzheimer’s disease strikes, harmful proteins accumulate in the brain with devastating results. Alzheimer’s limits your short and long term memory responses, forces your ability to make decisions uneasy and takes away your personality. Simple memory lapses may occur more often when you get older, but it doesn’t mean you have Alzheimer’s disease. There is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but studies have found several lifestyle factors that seem to lower the risk. Exercising your brain is one important factor

Alzheimer’s disease and exercise

Regular physical exercise has many benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, improving your Body Mass Index (BMI), and improving your memory. Physical activity seems to help the brain by keeping your blood flowing. Exercise also increases chemicals that protect the brain and aids in the development of new brain cells.

Staying physically fit might protect the brain by maintaining healthy blood supply. Mounting evidence suggests that physical activity may have benefits beyond a healthy heart and body weight. Through the past several years, population studies have suggested that exercise which raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes several times a week can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s. While exercise does not stop Alzheimer’s disease from progressing, it gives the person a feeling of accomplishing a greater need to thrive by doing something that they enjoy.

Mental exercising

Problem solving has been an activity that requires concentration, mental activation, and stimulation. It can be associated with memory, reasoning, or speed of processing. Engage your brain by working with modeling clay or play dough, yoga, chess or tai chi. Crossword puzzles, word search games, and photos are great tools to use for mental exercising. Allow yourself to enjoy these tools instead of making them a task. If something gets too difficult, take a break. If you are confused about a certain activity, ask for help. Small children love to assist when it comes to puzzles and games.

Physical exercising

Most of us know that physical exercise is good for our general health, but did you know that physical exercise is also good for your brain? Creating a routine exercise program in patients with Alzheimer’s has shown a remarkable level of mental acceptance. The patient was less depressed and was able to move more freely within their surroundings. Physical therapy whether professional or provided by a family member is important in stimulating the patients beliefs in themselves.

Physical exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or involve a great deal of time. The most important thing is that it’s done on a regular basis. Several exercises can include walking, cycling, push-ups, running, and swimming. Aerobic exercise is another way to improve your mood, reduce depression and anxiety. Wake up your brain in the morning by moving your toes up and down several times, wiggling your toes activates nerves that stimulate your brain and internal organs. While sitting on the side of the bed, raise you arms above your shoulders and wiggle your fingers as though you are reaching for the sky. These basic exercises can help you start your day on a positive note.

Alzheimer’s studies

There have been many studies involving exercise and Alzheimer’s. One in particular study was done by the National Institute of Health. Many scientist are optimistic about prevention through exercise. While it remains unknown whether fitness training can prevent Alzheimer’s, many scientists firmly believe it is more likely to provide some levels of brain function as opposed to using supplements, medications, and dieting.