Don’t Forget Your Exercise!

Renew You Challenge

Let’s start this week off right!

Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!

For a long time it was thought that once the brain degrades with age, it’s not possible to reverse. Lucky for us that is simply not true. With age, one area of the brain that begins to shrink is the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a main brain component that processes memory, and one of the first areas to degrade with Alzheimer’s disease.

The good news is that regular exercise—specifically, walking three times per week for 40 to 60 minutes—has been found to increase the size of the hippocampus in previously sedentary adults who had already experienced shrinking of the hippocampus. Wow!

One of the researchers stated, “The toughest part isn’t the research, it’s convincing people to get off the couch.”

Well, I’m here to do just that. This week, if you aren’t already meeting that minimal amount of exercise (or you know someone who isn’t), send them this blog and let them know that even a small amount of exercise can make the difference. So get off that couch!

Start out with just 15 minutes per day, three days a week. From there, build up gradually until you’re at 40 to 60 minutes. Your hippocampus will thank you, and you might just remember where you put your keys.

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