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Give your brain a workout with regular exercise

Twin Cities fitness experts say you can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease with a few easy 'heart pumping' moves.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and there is no better time than now to get focused on brain health. 

You might be surprised to learn that by having a regular fitness routine, you reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s’ Disease by 50 percent! 

In fact, several scientific studies suggest the most transformative thing you can do for your brain is exercise. According to Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki during her 2017 Ted Talk; “a single workout will immediately increase levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, improve focus and concentration and reaction times.” All of this can occur in as little as 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity. ( ARPF )   

"When you participate in aerobic exercise not only are you working to strengthen your body, you are also generating structural changes in the brain. It’s crazy to think that while your biceps are growing, your hippocampus is also growing. This is the structure responsible for memories, learning and our emotions," according to Connie Sheehan and Myrika Schneider, of PUSH Fitness.

"It’s important to note that not all exercise is created equal when it comes to the brain. In order to fully reap the benefits, you must get your heart rate up. This is moderate-intensity activity like brisk walking, swimming, tennis and dancing. If you already exercise regularly, you’re already ahead of the game. Keep it up," said Sheehan. 

Sheehan and Schneider can show you how to maximize your workout to reap these rewards not only for your mind but for your body too! For more fitness tips, call PUSH Fitness at (314)-659-PUSH (7874).