Another good reason to exercise: mental health

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A group of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered through a new study that exercise benefits our mental health. In a study of the Alzheimer’s, the group of scientists found that people who maintain more physical activity have healthier brain functions than people who do not in groups at risk of developing the disease.

The research gave particular emphasis to glucose metabolism, the process that supplies “fuel” to brain cells, which also seems to prevent Alzheimer’s from manifesting itself. The exercise level of the study subjects was about one hour per day, but this was more than enough to improve the metabolizing ability.

This study confirms that although there is not much that can be done to prevent Alzheimer’s, the simple practice of this level of exercise clearly helps to prevent the disease. The study used accelerometers to measure the level of physical activity of the 93 middle-aged volunteers, all at high risk of developing the disease but without any obvious signs of it.

Physical activity was divided between light activities, such as walking slowly, moderate, walking in fast paced, and intense, running. These data were analyzed and compared to levels of glucose metabolism in the brain. The researchers then found that moderately active patients had healthier patterns in all areas of the brain when compared to patients with low physical activity.

The link detected is sufficient for scientists to conclude that physical exercise is extremely important to the mental health of patients at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, although they believe that further research is needed.

It is then once again proved, that it is extremely positive and important to practice exercise, not only for physical well-being, but also for psychological well-being.

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