Ten-minute daily stroll helps ward off dementia says new study


A 10-minute daily walk may ward off dementia, say scientists.

A study found that even mild physical activity improved function in parts of the brain responsible for forming and storing memories.

The researchers said a single 10-minute stroll yielded considerable cognitive benefits – suggesting exercise could be “prescribed” to older people to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

Project co-leader Professor Michael Yassa, of California University in Irvine, said: “What we observed is these 10-minute periods of exercise showed results immediately afterward.



WHO says people aged over 65 should do at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week

“Even short walking breaks throughout the day may have considerable effects on improving memory and cognition.”

The researchers studied 36 healthy volunteers aged 19 to 23.

They found that after mild exercise, the volunteers were better able to recall a series of pictures that had been shown to them beforehand.

Yassa added: “Clearly, there is tremendous value to understanding the exercise prescription that best works in the elderly so that we can make recommendations for staving off cognitive decline.”

The World Health Organisation say people aged 65 or over should do at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity a week, including walking, dancing, gardening or cycling.





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