Keep Dementia at Bay with Exercise?

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Playing Drs. Rx: Exercise Just May Keep Dementia at Bay

Exercise has so many benefits to our overall health and new research has found it may also help with memory and possibly dementia.

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The Doctors share researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied over 30,000 patients and found those who were active multiple times during the week and took part in interval exercise -- where their heart rate was raised -- had significant improvements with memory performance. The panels believe this could be due to an overall blood flow increase in the body, which may benefit the brain and memory.

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The Doctors note that an intermittent burst of exercise during someone's normal fitness routine is key. For example, if you enjoy walking, make sure to speed up and slow down multiple times during your walk, to raise that heart rate.

Another exercise tip from the panel: if you are out for a walk and encounter a hill or stairs, try to climb it with vigor and then return to your normal pace.

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