A recent study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN suggests that increased aerobic activity may be a deterrent to dementia later in life. Additionally, such exercise may serve to impede the development of dementia once it starts. The researchers who conducted the study define exercise as “enough aerobic physical activity to raise the heart rate and increase the body’s need for oxygen.”
Although the researchers concede that there is not a conclusive inverse correlation between increased exercise and decreased dementia, they feel that a strong case can be made. Past studies have also shown that aerobic activities reflect a positive increase in mental integrity. At the very least, aerobic activities increase physical well-being. Potentially adding increased mental health makes an active lifestyle even more valuable.
Website Resource: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia, Mayo Clinic Researchers Say Mayo Clinic, September 7, 2011