Physical activity

Brain health keep-fit

Keeping moving regularly helps to prevent so many health conditions and it’s key to keeping your brain functioning properly too.

It can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are known risk factors for dementia.

There’s growing evidence that being physically active in midlife can protect brain health, with the HUNT Study published in 2018 linking ‘moderate to vigorous’ exercise between the age of 30 and 60 with a lower risk of dementia.

Findings from another study indicating that exercise in midlife can support better brain health in later life were published in January 2021. Scientists in the US observed that those who exercised more had less damage to the small blood vessels that spread through the brain.

Remember, being physically active doesn’t have to mean running a 10k or hitting the gym - it could be dancing, gardening or simply a brisk walk instead of taking the bus.

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"I try to stay fit to look after both my body and brain and I’m more active now in my 50s than ever. Me and my son work out together, it’s a great opportunity to talk and catch up too."


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Information on this page does not replace any advice that doctors, pharmacists or nurses may give you. If you have more questions about dementia and research, our Infoline can help. Call us on 0300 111 5 111 or click here to find out more.