September is world Alzheimer’s month, and recent studies have shown aerobic exercise can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by up to 50%.
For those who have already started to develop cognitive difficulties, exercise could actually reduce further deterioration.
Almost any type of aerobic exercise will do – whether it’s walking, dancing or even gardening.
What else can help?
The more strenuous the activity, the greater the possible health benefits. So it’s good to work up a sweat and feel slightly out of breath.
As well as regular exercise, the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation advises that social engagement, a healthy diet, quality sleep, and stress management can all contribute to the prevention of Alzheimer’s.