Exercise Your Way to a Healthier Brain

Learning to barn dance at the Phoenix Legacy Launch
Learning to barn dance at the Phoenix Legacy Launch

According to the latest research, regular exercise every week can keep your brain active and reduce the risk of dementia. The Times reports today (18/2/14) that any form of moderate exercise, including walking, swimming, or tennis, could be helpful in reducing the onset of dementia in later life. Exercise increases the capacity of the all important hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex of the brain.

Alzheimer’s disease does not have to be an inevitable side effect of old age.

The Phoenix Legacy contines to encourage people over 50 to keep active in mind, body and spirit. There will be a series of events to celebrate a variety of activities. The first one is May 15th at Weymouth Pavilion, which is a Celebration of Song and Dance.

At the Mind Your Head Confrence in August 2012, which was organised by the Phoenix Legacy, Spanish researcher, Leontxo Garcia, spoke of how chess, bridge and dance stimulate the brain and can defer the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It would seem even more evidence confirms the idea of an active body – healthy mind

Your Four for More (healthy life):

  1. Exercise regularly
  2. Eat well with plenty of fruit, vegetables and vitamin E
  3. Refrain from smoking or drinking too much alcohol
  4. Keep your brain active

If you want to find an activity to suit you, then contact the Phoenix Legacy at info@phoenixlegacy.org.uk or ring 01305 26154001305 261540

Also published on Medium.

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