For patients with mild cognitive impairment, don't be surprised if your doctor prescribes exercise rather than medication. There are already reasons to reduce sedentary behaviour, but in addition, exercise at least twice a week could be particularly beneficial for older adults who are between the expected cognitive decline of ageing and the more serious decline that occurs with dementia according to The American Academy of Neurology.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition where the body’s immune system attacks myelin in the central nervous system. Myelin is a tissue that surrounds and protects nerve fibres. Without myelin, nerve impulses to and from the brain cannot travel as well. MS causes scar tissue to develop around the nerve fibres which can affect many bodily functions.
If you’ve been having a hard time sticking to your exercise program in the first few weeks of 2018, the latest findings from a team of researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine should inspire you. What they found recently was that moderate aerobic endurance activity – such as going out for a brief run – stimulated the body’s production of a hormone known as irisin, which has critical fat-burning properties.
Irene Obera, 84, is one of a growing number of so-called 'superagers', who are living long and healthy lives. The one factor these superagers have in common? They all place a significant emphasis on physical activity as part of their lifestyle.
So there are many quotes of Hippocrates used by nutritionists and other health professionals but what does he have to say about physical activity?
Here is a short video with a few quotes related to physical activity and exercise, incredible how many nuggets of wisdom, in relation to the importance of movement, was revealed by Hippocrates the father of modern medicine born in 470BC.
World Health Organisation guidelines suggest avoiding sedentary behaviour and undertake a minimum of physical activity equivalent to 20 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day for better health. But doing six times more, two hours a day, could offer even more benefits, a study reveals.
If exercise came in pill form, we would only be too eager to take our keep-fit medicine. Movement is medicine, even small doses extend longevity and can prevent and treat disease. Movement truly is a polypill.