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Are you stuck in an exercise rut? Taking the time to mix up your workouts and be creative with different types of exercise is the best thing for your body, and recent research is showing that it may also be beneficial for your mind

Are you stuck in an exercise rut? Taking the time to mix up your workouts and be creative with different types of exercise is the best thing for your body, and recent research is showing that it may also be beneficial for your mind.

An interesting study published in the April 2005 American Journal of Epidemiology focused on a group of 3,375 dementia-free men and women aged 65 or older. The purpose of the study was to determine if there is a link between exercise and the risk of dementia, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. The researchers of this study measured many
variables, including the number of different physical activities each participant incorporated into his or her lifestyle. At the end of 5.4 years, 480 cases of dementia were found. The individuals who had reported engaging in four or more different types of activities were shown to have less risk of developing dementia than their counterparts who took part in just
one type of activity or none at all.

The causes of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease are still unclear, although researchers have clearly defined risk factors of advanced age and family history to be two contributors. However, more and more evidence is suggesting that healthy eating habits, mentally stimulating activities, and regular exercise may lower one's risk of developing dementia. So, take part in as many different types of activity as you are able to-not only will your physical health be enhanced, but your mind may also stay sharper as you age.

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