Monday, October 17, 2005

Alzheimers and Dementia (pass on the valet parking).

This research from the Aging Research Center, Division of Geriatric Epidemiology in Sweden concludes that exercise is your friend.

"...if an individual adopts an active lifestyle in youth and at midlife, this may increase their probability of enjoying both physically and cognitively vital years later in life."

I hope this comes as no great surprise to anybody. The benefits of exercise are manifold and pay rich dividends throughout your life. Don't feel like you have to join a health club and buy skimpy shorts...
  • Take the stairs.
  • Park at the end of the parking lot.
  • Walk the neighborhood.
  • Use public transportation (which usually requires some walking).
  • Swim at the Y.
  • Play ball or ultimate frisbee.
The Healthy Living Pyramid's base is a good diet, followed by regular exercise, then supplements.