Looking for drug-free solution to lowering your risk of Alzheimers?
How about one that won’t bust your budget?
Have you considered walking?
Joan started walking regularly about 10 years ago at the age of 60.
It was after she had emergency cardiac bypass surgery. Hey there’s nothing like facing the reality of an impending heart attack to get you to reset your priorities!
As part of her post-operative exercise program, she began walking daily with her husband. They enjoyed walking in their neighborhood.
Soon they became a regular fixture on their daily walks. If the weather was too harsh for walking outside, they drove to the local mall and walked there.
Many in Joan’s family have developed Alzheimers symptoms. She’s the only one who has no symptoms so far.
While Joan may never have developed symptoms whether or not she walked, research suggests her regular walking may be important.
Imagine . . .simply walking may improve both your heart and brain!
How might walking help prevent Alzheimers symptoms?
- A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that walking 6 miles a week (72 city blocks) may lead to a 50% less risk of Alzheimer’s disease over 13 years in adults without Alzheimers symptoms.
- The study also showed adults with mild cognitive impairment—often the first signs of Alzheimer’s—walking 58 city blocks or about 5 miles a week may slow and may prevent progression of the symptoms.
Check with your doctor or other health care professional. Maybe getting the same amount of exercise in another form is an option for you. While other forms of exercise may not have been studied, it doesn’t mean they won’t work.
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