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Why does the importance of exercise increase with age?

We all know that the older we get the more we should focus on our health and wellbeing, living a healthy lifestyle should be a priority, but do we know why?

Most of us know that exercise helps strengthen bones which decreases the risk of osteoporosis, arthritis & other degenerative bone diseases. Being active also boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or ‘good cholesterol’ and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This in turn decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular activity can help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression and certain types of cancer. But did you know that regular exercise can also help maintain brain volume and health? No we didn’t either!

The BBC documented that being unfit at the age of 40 is linked with a smaller brain volume at 60. Fitness in middle age may be particularly important for people with early signs of heart disease.

A study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology adds to growing evidence that heart health can affect brain health in later life. The study followed 1,583 people with an average age of 40. The participants, who did not have dementia or heart disease, took a treadmill test, followed by another two decades later, along with MRI brain scans.

The study found a direct correlation in our study between poor fitness and brain volume decades later, which indicates accelerated brain ageing.

To read the full article please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35541673

So even more of a reason to get down to ActivZone Gym and start your membership today! We have an open weekend for all non-members on the 27th & 28th of February, come and enjoy our facilities for FREE and see why we can help benefit your future. Call 01483 448666 to book your temporary pass for the weekend!

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