Exercise and dementia

Exercise and dementia

Of course, we all know that exercise is generally good for us, but that doesn’t necessarily make us get moving! Still the messages about the powerful impacts of exercise keep on coming. We recently came across this study into the effects of exercise on dementia in seniors. Not only can exercise make you feel more alert – it can help to keep you that way! It can be hard to get enough exercise into our days. There are always too many other things getting in the way: things to do, to watch, to eat! Or maybe we don’t feel up to it, or lack the energy. Or the weather is bad. Joining a traditional gym is not the answer for many of us – but maybe a different kind of gym, like you’ll find at Renaissance, could be the answer? It’s gentle, safe and fun – and ideal for anyone over 50 who is not used to regular exercise or who has mobility problems such as arthritis. Why not pop along for a free consultation and try it out for yourself?  ...

The benefits of exercise

We know you’ve heard it all before, but it bears telling again! Regular exercise has been proven to maintain or restore most aspects of health, and if you want to live a long and independent life then building opportunities to exercise into your daily routine is essential. If you’re already suffering from chronic disease or the effects of an injury then exercise can help you cope more effectively and recover more quickly. Here’s how and why! Heart conditions and diseases: Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. These effects keep your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes. Mood: Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Exercise boosts energy:  Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. It also helps the body to produce feel good chemicals to reduce depression and some types of pain. Exercise promotes better sleep: Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, deepen and lengthen your sleep, giving you the much needed renewal for a new day. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. The bone, joint and muscle system: Regular exercise can increase bone density and reduce the risk of...