How Beneficial is Exercise?
Johns Hopkins Hospital physicians recommend strength
training and exercise to their patients. Why is this so important?
“Exercise is as or more beneficial than most pills we
have for various diseases,” says Stuart Russell, M.D., medical director of
cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure and transplantation at Johns Hopkins.
“And it’s something you can do in your living room.”
The ARPF recommends at least two and a half hours of
exercise per week, as research shows this is the “magic number” to reduce the
risk of Alzheimer’s. Your routine could consist of something as simple as
swimming, running or dancing, or it could be a more involved set of cardio and
weightlifting exercise. The important thing is that you get your heart working
and your body moving.
While many of us know that exercise is important to our
body’s health, studies have also shown that it greatly reduces memory loss and
cognitive decline. In other words, exercise can literally keep your brain
young, counteracting many of the effects of aging. When used in the full
context of The
4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention , physical exercise will keep your
brain fit and functioning your whole life.