Walk to Reduce Your Alzheimer's Risk

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Hi, I'm Barbara Ficarra with smart tips for you. You want to cut your Alzheimer's risk in half? Walk, and do some form of exercise at least 20 minutes twice a week. One study found that, exercising for 20-30 minutes a couple of times a week cut Alzheimer's risk up to 60%. It also cut the risk of regular dementia in half. The study found that overall, midlife exercise is crucial to prevent mental decline later in life.

People who are genetically at a higher risk for Alzheimer's saw the greatest benefits from physical activities. It's nice to know that your genes don't necessarily control your destiny. The study also found that you don't have to exercise too hard to help your brain, moderately intense exercise is all it takes. Researchers suspect that exercise promotes blood vessel health, and boosts your brain's ability to repair damage.

So make time for a walk today. For more ways to live better, watch all our smart tips, right here.