Exercise and Mental Health

01 Nov 2010 10:17 AM | Anonymous

Did you know that most Americans (young and old) do not exercise regularly?  We all know that exercise is good for your heart, but did you know it is also good for the mind?  When the body engages in physical activity, such as walking, aerobics, yoga, even daily activities such as cleaning, it provides blood flow, oxygen, and glucose to the brain – ultimately clearing the mind of toxins. So, when someone says they need to take a walk to “clear their mind” they aren’t kidding! Regular exercise can help battle depression – a common health concern for the senior citizen population. 

Studies have also shown that senior citizens who walked regularly showed a significant improvement in memory, concentration and abstract reasoning. Exercise even cuts the risk of stroke by 57% for those who walk as little as 20 minutes a day! For more information on the benefits of exercise, go to http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseforolderadults/healthbenefits/01.html.

Making healthy decisions now means fewer doctors visits later.

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