No matter your age, exercise will enhance your memory and ability to focus, ward off memory loss and dementia, and enhance your brain’s ability to repair itself.

The Fountain of Youth is Between Your Ears

A study involving 120 people between the ages of 60 and 80 showed that brisk walking for 30-40 minutes, three times per week is helpful for boosting the parts of the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Brain scans taken before and after this year-long study showed that theprefrontal cortex – responsible for focus, forethought, judgment, follow through, and impulse control – and the hippocampus – responsible for memory and spatial navigation – grew in volume by 2-3% among the group who were assigned to brisk walking, while these brain areas continued to shrink in the group assigned to stretching tasks only.

With diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the hippocampus is one of the first regions to become impaired or shrink in size, which is largely responsible for the hallmark symptoms of memory loss and disorientation.  Protecting and enhancing this area of the brain is an important factor in Alzheimer’s prevention.

Better Than Happiness Pills

Exercise also activates the same pathways in the brain as morphine, and increases the release of endorphins, our natural feel-good neurotransmitters!

A depression study compared the benefits of exercise to those of the prescription drug, Zoloft.  After 12 weeks, exercise proved equally effective as Zoloft in curbing depression.  After 10 months, exercise surpassed the effects of the drug… with ZERO negative side effects!

The decades of studies on physical exercise confirm what we so strongly believe in:  Exercise is not only a fountain of youth, but also, the closest thing to a happiness pill that you may ever find!

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