Let’s all just admit it right now.
Unless they happen to be a unicorn-like gym rat, no one actually LIKES spending all day in the gym.
And running? Seriously? People LIKE being out there on a 90-degree day, wrecking their knees one asphalt stomp at a time?
Even the so-called “exercise high” isn’t enough to make THAT seem attractive.
But people still do it because they think they have to. After all, they’ve heard all about the endless benefits of exercise.
Like, for example, the new study that found men who exercise get extra protection from memory loss, cognitive struggles, and maybe even full-blown dementia.
But before you start working yourself up into a lather on the rowing machine or training for a marathon, you’re going to want to stick around for this news.
It’s true, exercise CAN help give your brain the boost you’re looking for. But it’s ALSO true that you don’t have to “exercise” to get it
Confused? Don’t be. Because new research reveals how you can still score that brain-protection without…
- going to the gym
- taking up running
- breaking a sweat
Yes, my friend, it turns out you can get the memory enhancing effects of an intense workout without the actual workout.
LOW-INTENSITY’ exercise’ delivers BIG memory benefits
The new study focused on “cardiorespiratory fitness,” or how well oxygen moves around inside your body when you’re in motion.
In other words, it’s not just a measure of how intense exercise affects your body, but of the changes inside your body DURING any kind of activity.
In the new study, men who had higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness had better brain function and memory.
In particular, guys who got about 2 hours a week of LOW-INTENSITY movement had better reasoning and processing skills, two functions critical for your overall cognition.
You can bet gyms are already gearing up to use this is their next big marketing campaigns.
Join today! Save your body AND your brain! Just $49 a month, forever (just you try and get out of that contract).
Better brain function without breaking a sweat
But you don’t have to fall for the marketing hype.
Because you don’t need a gym to reap these memory benefits. In fact, that’s NOT how most folks in the study got their exercise.
Instead, they were doing basic things.
The most common? WALKING!
You don’t have to pay a dime, join a club, or even work up a sweat for that!
The other everyday activities they were up to were also more “social” than “gym” like, including biking, dancing, tai chi, and yoga.
In fact, the study found that ALL FORMS of activity are EQUALLY EFFECTIVE when it comes to enhancing cardiorespiratory fitness and improving overall brain health and memory.
Some of these – like that walking – you can do on your own. Some of the others might be more fun in a group, but you still don’t need a gym for them.
Many senior centers, libraries, rec halls, community centers, and even parks offer FREE group activities such as tai chi- yoga, and dancing, for example.
Ask around, check online, or take a look at some local bulletin boards… you’re bound to find something light and easy that you’ll actually ENJOY. And then the memory protection that comes with it is just a really good side benefit.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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