Wellness & Education

Exercise Reduces Risk of Dementia 

Some of the best news to come out of recent research is the discovery that exercise can reduce the risk of dementia in those with a family history of it. In fact, researchers can now estimate just how much exercise is needed to make a difference. 

How many steps make a difference?

Recently, researchers in the US measured the decrease in dementia risk against a specific number of steps per day. They found that, as steps per day increase, the risk of dementia decreases, until a maximum of 9800 steps a day is reached. After that, there is no further decrease in dementia risk.  

How few steps make a difference?

Researchers found that taking only 3,800 steps a day is associated with half as much of a decrease as is found with 9,800 steps a day.  

Does speed matter?

When looking at walking speed, researchers found that the maximum benefit occurred with a per-minute rate of 112 steps averaged over the course of 30 minutes. 

If you have a family history of dementia, or even if you don’t, it’s great to know what to do to help keep your mind sharp for the long term.