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Physical activity provides brain benefits
As reported in AARP,* a UK study finds that older adults who walk almost 10,000 steps daily were 50% less likely to develop dementia – 50%! Even seniors who walked up to just 3,800 steps daily saw a 25% reduction in risk for dementia.
The study, published in JAMA Neurology, titled Association of Daily Step Count and Intensity With Incident Dementia in 78 430 Adults Living in the UK, adds to the ever-growing evidence that physical activity has tremendous benefits for the brain as well as for the body.
More steps or a faster pace may also offer brain benefits
Not everyone, especially seniors, can achieve close to 10,000 steps per day, so it is good news that the study discovered walking at a faster pace (sometimes called “power walking”) resulted in benefits “above and beyond” the total number of steps achieved. In fact, another study found that even short bursts of moderate to intense activity just six or seven minutes a day can benefit memory and mental processes.**
Let’s get moving
If this sounds intimidating, don’t be discouraged, because every little step counts. Here are some tips to get you started:
*Walking 9,800 Steps a Day May Cut Dementia Risk in Half, AARP
**Exploring the associations of daily movement behaviours and mid-life cognition: a compositional analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
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