It’s hard to prioritise our long term health when our day to day lifestyles are so busy. At MoveGB we champion the importance of variety in your exercise routine.
It's been proven as a sure-fire way to keep you motivated, but could introducing variety into your exercise routine actually help in the prevention of a very serious issue?
Dementia and Alzehimers are devastating diseases which our generation is working very hard to provide clarity, answers and treatments for through scientific research. A few of these studies have suggested that participating in a variety of activities can lead to a lower incidence of dementia in older people.
Back in 2005, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions found a statistical association between the variety of leisure and physical activity one engages in - rather than the intensity at which you perform the exercise in terms of calories expended - can reduce dementia risk in older people.
A more recent study from March 2016 appears to support this theory. The study conducted at UCLA Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh found that
"a variety of physical activities from walking to gardening and dancing can improve brain volume and cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 50%"
These studies suggest that incorporating variety into your workouts can be as good for protecting our brain's long term health as it is for our body. Here at MoveGB, the best thing we think we can do with this knowledge, is to inspire, pass on the word, and motivate others to find activities that Move you.
Are you and your friends keeping your brain healthy, challenged and active for as long as possible?