17 April 2016 – Memory Walk & Jog – The Race against Dementia, with Mix Fit Club participating in the 5km run, at The University of Queensland St Lucia Athletics Track, on Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, which are known to be world’s lowest impact on the joints & spine and great cardiovascular workout, benefitting the whole body from improved respiratory function to increased bone density and improved balance.
A few facts about dementia:
Did you know that dementia is the most prevalent neurological condition in Australia?
Did you also know that projected number of people with dementia >60yo worldwide is nearly doubling to 42.3 million by 2020, compared to 24.3 million in 2001 and almost doubling again by 2040, with an estimate of 81.1 million? (The Dementia Research Mapping Project – The 2010 Update Report for the Department of Health and Ageing). That is more than the whole population of Australia!
Neural precursor cells decrease with age, neurogenesis decrease with age; running seems to increase cell proliferation and neurogenesis in the adult mouse dentate gyrus; exercise seems to increase hippocampal neurosphere number in very aged animals; physical exercise improves cognitive function in aged animals; exercise in aged humans increases cognition (Colcombe and Kramer (2003) Fitness effects on the cognitive effects of older adults: a meta-analytic study); physical exercise increases specific regions of the brain as hippocampus and improves memory.
For those of you who are interested to find out more – you can find the whole study here: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12661673)
Common causes of dementia are:
- Alzheimer’s disease;
- Cerebrovascular disease;
- Frontotemporal lobar degeneration;
- Cortical Lewy body disease;
- Combinations of these.
Five steps to brain health, by Christine Bryden (www.christinebryden.com.au): keep thinking, reading, analysing and writing; be a brain athlete.
Five steps to prevention, by Christine Bryden (www.christinebryden.com.au):
- Mentally challenge your brain;
- Be physically active;
- Have a healthy diet;
- Look after your heart;
- Enjoy social activity.
As you can see, wherever you look everything indicates that physical activity is mandatory in your life should you want to keep good cognition and memory functions as long as possible while being in good shape or to prolong your life by leading a healthy lifestyle.
So why wait any longer? Contact us (mobile: 0411032347, or www.mix-fit.net.au ) to start your journey towards a fitter & healthier you now! We are happy to help you through it. A future healthier you starts with Mix Fit Club today!
Colcombe and Kramer (2003) Fitness effects on the cognitive effects of older adults: a meta-analytic study
14 April 2016 – Public Dementia Forum – QBI & Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research