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  • How Exercise Lowers the Risk of Alzheimer’s by Changing Your Brain

    Today, you can find a lot of researches or study that are being made on the benefits of exercises to body as well as mind. It is even clear now by so many researches that a regular exercise habit can help mitigate the risk of many chronicle diseases that happens after a certain age. But the thing that is not clear till today is how exercise declines the risk of diseases related to mind like Alzheimer.

    Findings By Ozioma Okonkwo

    Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, along with his colleagues made research for more than 10 years on a group of people who were in the higher risk of getting Alzheimer at a later stage. They studied on what biological changes that comes in a person’s body with exercise and how it benefits mind.

    Alzheimer

    His findings showed that if a person’s body is aerobically fit then the person’s mind mitigates one of the greatest cause of Alzheimer. The breaking down of glucose by neurons doesn’t slow down. This result was presented by Okonkwo at the American Psychological Association.

    Okonkwo worked on 1500 people who already had genes which put them into higher risk of getting Alzheimer. He also took those people into consideration whose any one of the family member had been diagnosed with the Alzheimer disease. From the 1500 people, he took out 23 people who were not physically very active. Eleven of them had to go through an aerobic fitness program for 6 months whereas the rest of them were just allowed to control.

    Before putting then at study all of theirs brain were scanned to point out how neurons are breaking up the glucose inside their brain. This is because Glucose breakdown slows down by neurons with the people suffering from Alzheimer.

    After 6 months when they were scanned again, it was found that the people who were sent for the aerobic exercise training for 6 months, their brain showed a higher metabolism of glucose. It means that the neurons were breaking up the glucose at a fast speed whereas the people who were just use as control, their glucose metabolism remained same.

    In his previous study, he pointed out some of the basic changes that happens in a brains as people age increases. Some of the symptoms he found out was brain cells process slowing down, shrinking of hippocampus, amyloid building up and cognitive function slowing down.

    Some of the findings of the study

    • Exercising just for 150 minutes a week reduced the impact of Alzheimer on brain.
    • If a person is already having Alzheimer, then exercise can stop it from getting worse.
    • Regular exercise negated the effect of the deleterious gene ApoE4.
    • Higher aerobic exercise leads to lower of hyper intensities in people.

    Wrapping it up

    This study may look like a small one but it is proved that how important exercise is for us. Just by making a daily habit of exercising, we can get rid of many diseases even those which has no cure.…

  • Ways to Get Fit Without Fancy Equipment!

    There are many of times when people say that they want to get fit but can’t afford a membership plan. But going to Gym of joining any fitness club are not the only places to get fit, there are many other indoor and outdoor activities.

    Ways to Get Fit Without Fancy Equipment

    You must know that losing weight or being fit does not require any new and modern equipment. However, there are many activities which can make you fit. Stick to the below plans which can help you out for being fit without Gym.

    Bootcamp

    Outdoor activities can be a lot more fun. Everyone of us requires fresh air and natural environment. Taking up challenges in these places can be lot more fun than just being in a Gym and exercising. The natural and fresh air, the greenery that you get in a boot camp is very healthy for body. But always remember to go for a bootcamp with group of friends. It can be a great fun to work out when you are with your friends. You even feel motivated.

    It is not a more considered which exercise you do with your friends but always do a 5 minutes of warm up before going for a push up or plank. The warm up session include walking or a medium pace running.

    Workout DVD’s

    To stop work out or not to do it, we make a lot of excuses like the unavailability of trainer, Gym machine and equipment etc. But these are just false excuses that should not be considered if you really want to do some exercise. You just have to grab some good workout DVD’s and take the reference from there. However, nowadays, you can also just switch to some YouTube workout channels and do aerobics, dancing, plank and many more.

    I will suggest you to go with those exercises which do not require any equipment.

    Circuit train

    It is one of the best exercise to get your strength and cardio. This can be even done at home without any problem.

    Start with some cardio moves like rope jumping, mountain climbing, high knees etc and then do some moves for strength too. The strength moves can be push ups, lunges and crunches. These can be easily done at home.

    Do 5 sets of each and keep on increasing your momentum with every passing day.

    Hiking

    Hiking has lot of importance and if you live in such an area where you can do hiking then you must go for it regularly. It is a great way to burn your calorie and enjoy beautiful surrounding. So, take a friend or your beloved with you, pack food and water and go for a hiking.

    I would have to guarantee it then I would definitely tell you to go for it as the beautiful scenery and weather will make you feel a lot better than just working out on a treadmill. You would fall in love with hiking. The one thing that you have to do is to start it.…

  • Why Being Fit Helps You Manage Chronic Diseases?

    According to most of the health experts, doing exercise every day is one of the best reasons for having a healthy and happy life. It also helps in increased longevity. It not only lower the risk but also helpful in those conditions if you are already experiencing some symptoms of the chronic diseases.

    Chronic Diseases

    According to the research done in America, 10 out of 7 adults lost their life due to chronic diseases in the past decade. The research also suggested that most of the adults in America are suffering from one or the other chronic diseases from the last decade.

    If you have any of the things like high blood pressure, high level of cholesterol then it’s clear that you are having symptoms of chronic diseases. The best and the most successful way to cope with these issues is to do exercise regularly. There are a lot of things which can be minimised by just a regular exercise and joining fitness programs.

    Suppose you are doing some aerobic exercise regularly then there is least chance that you would ever have a high blood pressure. But if you already have any of these problems like high cholesterol levels then you can do some light exercise which will stop the problem from getting worse or stop it from becoming serious ones.

    There are several training programs that you can enrol to. If you enrol for strength training, then it will reduce the risk of getting arthritis or joint problems as you age. This exercise builds strength and gives you healthy joints. Not only this but this can also help in reduction of glucose levels with you are having diabetes. Even if you have any joint problem then some simple flexible exercises will reduce your joints pain.

    Why physical exercise is like a wonder drug?

    According to Shawn Flanagan, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of sports medicine and nutrition, exercise has a lot of benefits as good sleep, improves mental strength, develops bone strength, muscle and other connective tissues. Moreover, it also gives you a stronger immune system so that your body remains untouched from many diseases.

    Flanagan also said that a regular exercise habit can make your body so strong that even your wounds heal faster.

    The best thing the exercise helps you with is the functionality of brain as everything depends upon its function only. During exercise several hormones gets released in the body that makes your neurons function better and improves the blood flow to the brain. Once the blood barrier tissues get out from your brain, it starts getting pure blood with helpful cells and molecules.

    Some of the brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease happens only because of reduced amount of pure blood flow to the brain.

    One of the most important reason of getting any chronic disease is obesity which has become common in US people nowadays. Regular exercise helps in reduction of chances of obesity and its ill effects.…