Maybe you would think of a physical activity like walking, running, swimming, or even working out at the gym can improve your brain activity. But you are wrong, even the simplest activities of daily living – getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, running a vacuum or even just twitching while waiting in line. What is the startling positive news is that these little movements can be accumulated and become a big cognitive advantage.
Actually researchers at the Alzheimer’s disease Center, Rush University in Chicago observed a more than five hundred normal subjects age eighty who wore a wristwatch-size gadget called Actical for ten days. This incredible minute gadget will record the amount and strength of every physical activity, may it be from traditional energetic exercise to a slight muscle actions. The gadget will store the information as “activity counts” and if it is added up to more than twenty-four hours it will give you the exact measurement of your “total daily activity”. After this, the researchers matched the levels of the “total daily activity” of their subjects with their cognitive exam scores. Strangely, the higher the “total daily activity” the higher the cognitive functioning of the subjects based on all five of the following significant measures: episodic memory, semantic memory, working memory, perceptual speed and visuospatial abilities. The result did not matter on the subject’s age, education, weight, vascular diseases or other aspects related to dementia. This means that you need to do as much physical activity as you want to combat Alzheimer’s. But for now, though traditional exercises are important, you can still get benefits from a little bit movement of your muscles.
Thinks To Remember
Do anything that will keep your body busy. By just wiggling your foot, twitching your fingers, using stairs wherever you can or sweeping the ground you can sweep away Alzheimer’s. As far as your brain can detect that your muscles – little or big ones – are working it can help frighten memory loss and perhaps Alzheimer’s.