Exercise in middle age reduces chance of dementia

A new study has suggested that people who exercise and have higher levels of physical fitness in middle age are less likely to develop dementia in later life. This finding came from a study by a team from The Cooper Institute in Dallas.running on the treadmill for exercise

The new study was published in the journal ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ and involved 19,458 adults who took a treadmill exercise test between 1971 and 2009, some point during their middle age. Medicare data of these individuals was then analysed, and the results found that those who were physically fit during middle age had a significantly reduced risk of developing dementia.

Exercise can quite easily be fun, and there is no better feeling than stepping out of walk in showers after exercising, clean and refreshed. It can be quite easy to incorporate some exercise into our daily routines, such as through gardening or a brisk walk, and there is no better time than today to start.

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