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Complementary Fitness 1 April Newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

 

Happy Easter Monday and I hope that you’ve had/are having a lovely weekend.

 

Thanks to everyone who came to the earlier class at 9am on Friday.

We’re ‘back to normal’ again this week ie Fri is 9.30am again.

It was just that we had to dive away to get the 12.00 train down to York on Fri but we had a lovely weekend with Alison (my sister) who hadn’t been to York so lots of wandering around and she loved it.  York is such a lovely historic city and it’s so easy to walk everywhere.

 

I’ve been following Dr R Love (a neurologist who specializes in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease through science) on his social media channels and through his videos, he aims to spread awareness on what everyone can do right now to help strengthen their cognitive ability in their senior years.

He believes physical exercise from a younger age can prevent the brain from deteriorating in later life and he said that “exercise is medicine for the brain” and that “exercise is also great for the heart, immune function, energy and mood.  What is good for your heart is good for your brain, and what is good for your overall health is good for your brain too”.

“People who exercise regularly have better memories than those who don’t exercise, so this helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease by helping prevent memory loss”.

We’ve talked about exercise and BDNF in previous newsletters and he also says: “Exercise also increases the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which aids the growth and survival of brain cells.  BDNF facilitates the repair of brain cells and the growth of new ones.  Even if someone already has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, they can still exercise to help their memory.”

In an article in Newsweek.com (see link below), Dr Love was asked what the best exercise is to prevent dementia and if we want to improve your brain health as we age (who doesn’t?)

He answered by saying that he encourages people to do aerobic exercise between 3 and 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes, as well as exercise that strengthens the legs and hands.  He said “leg strength is associated with a healthy brain and protection against memory loss” and that “hand strength helps protect against falls and accidents.  Ideally, a person would engage in enjoyable aerobic activity several times a week.  It needs to be enjoyable, otherwise, it’s unlikely that it will be sustainable.  This is supposed to be a life-long habit, so if it’s going to become part of someone’s everyday life, they need to enjoy it.  A person should also engage in strength training 3 times a week.  Strength training also helps prevent the loss of muscle mass and prevent frailty.”

Aerobic exercises will raise a person’s heart rate and increase oxygen flow around the body. Examples include walking, swimming, running, or cycling.  Strength training could be in the form of squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, or lifting weights – everything we can do in our classes, thank you very much and you’re welcome.

You can read the whole article here:

Can Exercise Really Prevent Dementia in Later Life? (newsweek.com)

 

Reminder to send me any info, articles, local or other news etc that you come across that we can share with each other, thanks.

 

How you can pay for classes:

With cash ie £6 per class

Paying directly on my iphone or

By bank transfer into my account.

 

Connecting with Susan:

Email me: info@complementaryfitness.co.uk

www.complementaryfitness.co.uk