SP Premium

Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp

A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that the most sedentary individuals (i.e. couch potatoes) are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia than regular exercisers. Dementia is a condition of declining mental abilities ( especially memory) that affects your personality, skills (like driving a car), and verbal abilities.

Action Sparked
Stay on a consistent exercise program throughout your lifespan. Try not to view exercise as a temporary means to and end (weight loss). It is part of a healthy lifestyle, and while it does help you lose and maintain weight, it can steer off plenty of health problems, from heart disease to depression.
Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints

Member Comments

Thanks for sharing. Report
Another good reason to keep moving! Report
indeed... Report
Scary stuff for couch potatoes! Thanks for the information! Report
Regular exercise is not only great for the body, but also good for the brain and soul! Thank you! Report
It's good to be proactive. Report
thanks Report
Keeping moving makes sense. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL
weird action on the internet. but agree on exercise. i do not want to rely on others to care for me. too scary. Report
I have exercised all of my life.
Now I am 74 and I can write and do things but I cannot talk properly and I am still walking but conversation is difficult to walk with my Rail trail walk friends. . Pat in Maine. Report
THANKS Report
Physical activity definitely affects mental state. Report
Off course. Need to do this. Report
Thank you! Report
Written a long time ago, but the information is tsill truth. Report
Walking Guide

About The Author

Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.