“Let’s see – what should I do today…YouTube? IPod? Watch a DVD? Surf the ‘net? Watch a little television? Uh, what was I thinking? Oh, who cares – I hate my life anyway.”
A lack of physical activity leads to depression and dementia, evidence presented at the British Nutrition Foundation conference shows.
A new study from the U.K. shows that regular physical activity cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 30 to 40%.
It is unclear why there is such a great effect but it could be associated with benefits to the vascular system as well as release of chemicals in the brain.
Professor Nanette Mutrie [from the University of Strathclyde] added: “It could be a simple case of use it or lose it.”
Am I the only person around that has accepted (albeit grudgingly – cf. “pain: causes”) the ubiquitous health benefits of exercise? I interview people all day and am astounded by how many of us refuse to get off the butt and onto the treadmill. The responses I get remind me of a teenage boy who has just been asked to take out the garbage:
“I know; I know….I’ll do it,” followed by a pathetic vacuum of silence.
Hey, it’s time to spread the word that getting your heart rate up does more than reduce the risk of getting physical illnesses – the brain benefits, too.
[Professor Mutrie] said inactive people had twice the risk of becoming depressed and there was also very good evidence that exercise is a useful treatment for depression.