Are you always losing your keys? Do you walk into the kitchen, just to forget why you went in there in the first place? Memory loss is a normal part of aging, but it’s also something you can work hard to fight against (mentally and physically).
You may know that mental stimulation is a great way to keep your mind actively fighting against the effects of aging, but what about exercise? In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, here’s why getting in your daily workout could help strengthen your memory, too:
Cardio and Blood Flow
Because exercise gets your oxygen-rich blood flowing, it helps to improve your brain function. Studies show that regular exercise also creates new nerve cells and works to create a connection between brain cells.
Building Muscle Builds Your Brain
Strength training is a great way to help prevent an injury but did you know that it can also aid in slowing down memory loss? In fact, with just 2 to 3 extra strength sessions a week, you may cut your risk of Alzheimer’s in half.
Track Your Progress
One way to ensure your memory is getting the workout it deserves is by tracking your progress. Pay attention to forgetful days and those where you feel particularly sharp. Do they correlate with the days you’ve been more active?
Make it a Social Affair
If exercise isn’t exactly something you can stick to, why not make it a group effort? Not only will you get your blood flowing, but the conversation and social interaction will increase your mental stimulation, too. Those who stay socially active are known to show signs of slower mental deterioration.
Looking to get more active? Is a persistent injury holding you back from getting the workout you desire? KMC Orthopedics specializes in bone and joint treatments so that you can get back to your active lifestyle, in no time.