health of the nervous system

Alzheimer's disease: prevent it with exercise

Based on the results of the latest studies, doctors and researchers believe that Alzheimer's disease - a form of dementia unfortunately very common and still incurable - can be prevented in various ways.

Regular exercise, even of moderate intensity, is one of them.

In fact, it has been shown that staying active and stimulating cardiac activity favors the arrival of blood and nutrients to the brain and induces the production of the brain neurotrophic factor (NB: a factor of nervous growth). All this keeps brain neurons healthy and slows cognitive deterioration.

Moreover, the numbers also speak for themselves: in subjects who have always been "in shape", the risk of the onset of Alzheimer's disease is almost 50%.

So, even if for some it may seem strange, the health of the body has a decisive influence on the proper functioning of brain nerve cells.

In detail, a physical activity beneficial to the brain involves:

  • Practice at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 times a week . The intensity can also be moderate and one must always proceed in stages. What matters is dedicating oneself to pleasant activities and at the same time training the heart.

    They can also benefit: gardening, house cleaning and hand washing of dishes or clothing.

  • Strengthen the muscles . Training the body's muscles (thus increasing muscle mass) also automatically improves brain function. The ideal would be to combine muscle strengthening with an aerobic activity.
  • Train balance skills and coordination . This is to prevent falls. These, as we know, are a risk factor for Alzheimer's in older people.
  • Protect your head with the necessary protection, even when you are practicing less intense activities . Given the unpleasant consequences of trauma to the head, it is always a good idea to wear a helmet when you go out on a bike (even for a ride with a mild pace), fasten your seat belts in your car, pay attention to your surroundings during any walk, practice sporting activities where physical contact is not foreseen and so on.