Physical Aspects of Aging Vibrantly

Exercise has emerged in the last few years as so much more important that we previously thought.

The smart folks are saying that every neurologist should be prescribing exercise to their patients before they write a script for anything else. 

One key finding is that exercise slows down aging of the body.  For our hippocampus and its attending telomeres, aerobic exercise is the answer. 

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Active older adults who regularly achieve 60% MHR for 45 min. through aerobic exercise improve their telomeres, memory retention, and reduce risk of dementia and...

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Quick Facts on Exercise for Vibrant Aging™

Exercise - It Does a Body Good

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45 Minutes, 3 Times a Week

Vigorous aerobic exercise at 60% of our maximum capacity—the level at which we are breathing somewhat hard, but can still hold a conversation, for 45 minutes, at least three times per week. Your personal 60% will depend on your fitness level, and as you become more fit, it will shift up.
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Exercise - It Does a Mind Good

By getting into our 60% MRH zone for 45 minutes 3-4 times a week, we increase the number of cells in our hippocampus as well as increase the length of our telomeres.

Mind + Body Benefits

Research suggests that the more different types of exercise we fit into our week, the longer our telomeres will be. The longer our telomeres, the less likely we are to develop dementia, or to have the symptoms of dementia affect us, and the better our brains and bodies will function overall.
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Exercise Advice for Healthy Aging from Around the Web

The Healing Powers of Dance
Some of the physical effects are obvious: dance can – among other things — boost cardiovascular health and bone strength (because it's weight-bearing exercise), as well as improve balance and flexibility. But there’s evidence it does much more. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine investigated the effect leisure activities had on the risk of dementia in the elderly. Researchers found that frequent dancing was the only physical activity of the 9 studied that appeared to lower the participants’ risk of dementia considerably.
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Elizabeth Blackburn on the telomere effect: ‘It’s about keeping healthier for longer’
If you think of your chromosomes – which carry your genetic material – as shoelaces, telomeres are the little protective tips at the end. They are made of repeating short sequences of DNA sheathed in special proteins. During our lives they tend to wear down and when telomeres can’t protect chromosomes properly, cells can’t replenish and they malfunction. This sets up physiological changes in the body which increase risks of the major conditions and diseases of ageing: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, a weakened immune system and more.
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