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Get Moving!

We all know that we need to get more exercise. This report from excerpted from BBC Health News tells us that if we don’t get moving, we are more subject to depression and later, to dementia. Get moving!

Inactivity link to mental decline

A lack of physical activity leads to depression and dementia, evidence presented at the British Nutrition Foundation conference shows.

It comes as new research from the University of Bristol found that being active cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by around a third.

Currently only 35% of men and 24% of women reach the recommended weekly amount of physical activity.

Professor Nanette Mutrie, an expert in exercise and sport psychology at the University of Strathclyde, told the conference that mental health was not a trivial issue.

“It’s only recently that people have begun to see the link between physical activity and mental health,” says
Professor Nanette Mutrie.

“It’s important for increasing people’s self esteem, general mood, coping with stress and even sleeping better.

“And we now have very strong evidence that physical activity can prevent depression.”

She 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.

Dementia risk

Researchers at the University of Bristol carried out an analysis of 17 trials looking at the effects of physical activity on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

They found that in both men and women physical activity was associated with a 30-40% drop in the risk of Alzheimer’s.

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 Mutrie added: “It could be a simple case of use it or lose it.
. . . . . .

“There has already, justifiably, been a lot of emphasis on good nutrition but we must also find ways of helping people to be more physically active to ensure that they maintain health and quality of life in later years.”

Department of Health figures show the majority of adults do not do the recommended 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five times a week.

Read the entire article HERE.

January 13, 2008 - Posted by | Exercise, Health Issues, Living Conditions, News, Social Issues


  1. You know what, people should learn how to take the stairs, I work on the 25th floor, and I get so annoyed when people get into the elevator in the morning and go up to the 1st or 2nd floor.
    I work with other depts alot, so if I had to go down 4 floors I would take the stairs instead of the elevator, to get the blood circulating in my body.

    Comment by Chirp | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. During holidays/weekends I usually try my best to choose the healthy way in any route I take . If Its parking a bit too far even if the space right next to the entrance is free or if its opting for the two flights of stairs instead of that speedy elevator .. But thats just in an ideal world its not just convenient anymore :/ Im always in a rush.. mostly in heels :/ Elmushkela, my hectic life isnt saving a kid in africa.. or helping a starving family.. Its either Brunch with my girlfriends or a movie with my sister.. So it CAN wait.. Im not the healthiest person out there and I know it.. Healthy isnt just about looking fit.. agh :/ I havent walked a reasonable distance for a while now.. not even mamsha :/

    Comment by Badrah | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. Comment by Anonymous | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. Chirp – I LOVE stairs. I was told once that each stair you go up adds 3 seconds to your life. I had stairs in Qatar, and I ran up them all the time, it felt good. Oh, how I miss stairs!

    Badrah – yeh, rushing but not really getting exercise. I hate it! I used to have a group of aqua-aerobics buddies, and that was really fun. I miss it. I am going to move your baked apple comment because it really needs to go with the baked apples!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2008 | Reply

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