April 14, 2023
A recent study published in JAMA Neurology has found that a simple daily habit can significantly reduce the risk of all-cause dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. And the best part? This habit doesn't require any prescription or special equipment – it's something that we can all do every day.
The study followed 78,430 adults living in the UK who wore wrist-worn accelerometers to track their daily step count and intensity. The results showed that accumulating more steps per day was associated with a steady decline in dementia incidence risk, up to 9800 steps per day. Beyond this threshold, the benefits of additional steps started to decrease. Interestingly, the dose associated with 50% of the maximal observed benefit was only 3800 steps per day, suggesting that even small increases in daily physical activity can have a significant impact on brain health.
Even small increases in daily physical activity can have a significant impact on brain health.
Moreover, the study found that steps at higher intensity (cadence) were associated with a lower incidence risk. This means that incorporating some form of high-intensity exercise into our daily routine, such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling, can further reduce our risk of developing dementia.
Regular exercise is not only important for maintaining good brain health but also for our overall physical and mental well-being. By making small changes in our daily routine and prioritizing physical activity, we can all take proactive steps towards a healthier brain and a better quality of life.
How can you help them incorporate exercise into their daily routine? Here are a few tips:
In conclusion, regular exercise is a simple and effective way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. By incorporating physical activity into our daily routine, we can improve our brain health and overall well-being. And as caregivers, we can play an important role in helping our loved ones stay active and engaged. So, let's lace up our sneakers and get moving – for a healthier brain and a happier life!