Physical activity

Brain health keep-fit

Being active helps to prevent so many health conditions and it’s key to keeping your brain working properly too.

It can help you keep a healthy weight and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Both are known risk factors for dementia.

Several research projects, including the important HUNT Study published in 2018, have linked more exercise in midlife with a lower risk of dementia.

And in January 2021, scientists from the US published findings showing 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 10k every weekend! Aim to be active every day and move more – whether dancing, gardening or getting off the bus a stop early to get your steps up!

"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."

Glyne

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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.