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Exercising Your Brain

More benefits to the brain through exercise:

  • Scientists have shown that lower-than-usual levels of blood flow to the brain, and stiffer blood vessels leading to the brain, are associated with MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and dementia.

  • Studies also suggest that regular aerobic exercise may help improve cognition and memory in healthy older adults. Among those who performed regular aerobic exercise, decreased stiffness of blood vessels in their neck and increased overall blood flow to the brain were noted. The more their oxygen consumption (one marker of aerobic fitness) increased, the greater the changes to the blood vessel stiffness and brain blood flow.

  • 30-40 minutes of moderate exercise (such as a brisk walk) three to five times a week can increase oxygen and blood flow to your brain.

Let’s get moving and breathing!

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