Dancing and Walking Could Protect You from Alzheimer’s

Monotony is the worst enemy for brain connections, so to prevent Alzheimer's it's important that you stay active doing things like dancing and walking.
Dancing and Walking

Dancing and walking are two wonderful ways to work your brain.

They increase a sense of freedom, relaxation, and they’re also great physical exercises that have a direct effect on health, and also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a publication in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, any type of physical activity that combines physical exercise with pleasure will make your brain more resistant to neurodegenerative diseases.

Therefore, doing things like gardening or taking care of your yard, dancing and walking, biking, or practicing any sort of activity that makes your heart happy while making you move, could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50%.

It’s worth it.

Dancing and walking to increase brain capacity and activity

Previously, we have talked quite often about the benefits of walking everyday for at least 20 or 30 minutes.  This is one way to improve cardiovascular health and to fight stress.

But something that you still may not know is that things so simple as dancing and walking, or taking care of your plants every day, could notably reduce your risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s.

According to the study mentioned at the beginning of this article, which was conducted by various doctors at the University of California, in Los Angeles, including Doctor Cyrus A. Raji, the relationship between physical activity and emotional pleasure could increase the volume of neuron connections, thereby making you more resistant to different types of dementia.

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There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but it can be prevented

We all know someone, or have a family member, that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Few diseases can be as sad as watching someone lose their identity, their memories, and slowly falling into a degenerative state that will ultimately lead to their death.

  • There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s.  This is a hard battle that brings suffering to both the patient and the family members.  The emotional weight becomes even heavier once the diagnosis is made.
  • Even though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, it can be prevented. You can fight to reduce the possibilities of developing it.
  • In this case, if you get used to walking daily, going to dance classes, and being active outdoors, you will reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50%.
  • Just as shown by this work, people that lead a sedentary life with scarce emotional stimuli present less cerebral volume, they are less agile and have less neuron connections in the brain.

Exercise and activities that are positive, stimulating, and fun increase the gray matter in the brain, which has proven it worthwhile to practice these activities.  This not only strengthens the brain, but it also prevents neurodegenerative diseases.

walking daily

Walk, dance, laugh, and learn everyday to fight Alzheimer’s

Physical activities, like dancing and walking, oxygenate the brain, improve circulation, transport nutrients, and also provide perfect moments of relaxation that provide new stimuli to capture your interest and pull you away from your routine.

  • Remember that one of the brain’s worst enemies is, in fact, routine.  Monotony and repetitive activity will make you fall into a kind of depression and the inevitable mood swings that affect the brain’s chemistry.
  • The brain becomes slower and more automatized by routines.  This is when you’ll start to see loss of memory and decreased synapses in neurons.
  • Activities that force the body to move, like dancing and walking, are new stimuli that spark curiosity and emotions.  You could say it’s a type of fuel for the brain.

So to wrap things up, just as Doctor Cyrus Raji stated, due to the fact that today, it’s still not possible to use a medication that reverts the progression of Alzheimer’s once diagnosed, the only thing you can do is prevent it.

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So to do so, you only need to be conscious of a few things: the brain is a muscle and as such, it should be exercised.

If you let every day be the same as the last, if you’re always sitting down and limit yourself to simply watching TV and limit your social relationships, your brain cells will slowly disconnect, and stop being active.

But if you ignite your curiosity, if you put yourself up to the challenge that “today, rather than walking half an hour, I’m going to walk an hour,” “I’m going to put on some music and dance,” or even better, “I’m going to learn zumba with some friends,” your brain will become stronger and more agile.

Don’t forget it.