Last week, I attended our yearly national conference on anti-aging, and as always, there was so much new and exciting information! One of the world’s experts on brain aging gave a statistic that we should all think about carefully.
If you live to 85 in our country, there is a 50% risk of developing a mental cognitive disease, including Alzheimer’s disease. This risk can be decreased by 5% yearly for every working year after age 65. This may mean that if you work until 75, your chance of cognitive loss decreases to 25%. What happens if you work to 90? This may cause us not to accept that gold watch at 65, so starting a new business endeavor at 70 may be perfect!
I recently came upon an article which touched upon a walking program that could decrease the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Some studies have suggested that by walking about a mile each day, you can dramatically decrease your risk.
It seems that this decreases the mental losses by improving the blood flow to the brain and therefore keeping the brain cells healthier. So one of the easiest exercises available to all, again shows great benefit.
Let us then begin a review of this exercise!
- There are very few medical conditions that prevent us from walking. Of course, always check with your medical professional before starting a new program. Beginning at a slow pace in a safe area is a perfect way to start.
- Good walking footwear is important, and replacement every 6 months or when the cushion of the heal wears is a must.
- You should start with a few minutes of a mild warm-up with mild stretching.