Healthy lifestyle is 'vital for cognitive function'

16 January 2012

Physical activity is vital for a healthy lifestyle and for the brain, according to one expert.

Dan Roberts, a cognitive therapist and founder of danroberts.com, suggested that even light exercise such as brisk walking, jogging and swimming could significantly increase the health of the brain and improve a person's general wellbeing.

"Scientists have found that the single best thing we can do to maintain cognitive function is cardiovascular exercise, because maintaining a healthy blood flow to the brain is vital for brain function," Mr Roberts said.

He explained that cardio exercise keeps blood pumping well through the body and the brain, keeping it stimulated and active.

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, minimising alcohol intake and not over indulging in sugary snacks are some other ways to be healthier, according to Mr Roberts.

The expert's comments come in the wake of a recent study published in the journal Archives of Neurology that found exercise could help fight off Alzheimer's disease in people who could be more genetically at risk of developing the degenerative illness.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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