Think Declining Memory ‘Just Comes With Age’? Think Again.

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It’s natural to start to lose your mental edge as you get older, right? Forgetfulness and memory loss are inevitable as the years pass, aren’t they?

That common belief is false, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The world’s top geriatrics researchers say mounting evidence shows that the true cause of cognitive decline is disease… Aging is not the culprit.[i]

Dr. Christopher R. Carpenter is a professor at the Washington University School of Medicine. “We’ve long been taught that cognitive issues are ‘just part of aging,’” he said. “But contemporary medical research shows how bodily changes that lead to diseases like dementia appear long before the symptoms we associate with old age.”[ii]

It’s not aging that leads to memory loss, Dr. Carpenter said. It’s the diseases of aging.

Top 10 Diseases of Aging that Rob Your Memory

These are the 10 most common chronic conditions in people over 65. They are all associated with memory loss.[iii] [iv]

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Depression
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

At first glance, it seems that these conditions have little common. They affect different parts of the body. Their symptoms are very different.

But there is a single effective treatment for all of them: exercise.

A 2013 study published in the journal Clinics found that regular aerobic exercise cut the incidence of the diseases of aging in half. It also found that people in their 60s who have participated in aerobic workouts throughout their lives have fitness levels similar to 30-year-olds who don’t exercise.[v]

The study concluded there is one form of exercise that works better than all others to increase fitness and help seniors avoid chronic disease…high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

The #1 Solution to Prevent the Diseases of Aging

HIIT works better that steady-state cardio like jogging or biking to improve heart strength, circulation, lung capacity, and overall fitness. And it takes just a fraction of the time.

HIIT is adaptable to many activities. You can run, cycle, swim, do calisthenics, or use a rowing, stair climber, or elliptical machine.

Warm up for three to five minutes doing your chosen form of exercise slowly.

Then do the exercise at the highest intensity you can for the next minute.

Slow down for a minute or two to catch your breath. Then go hard again for another minute.

Repeat this process five to seven times. Afterward, do the activity slowly for at least two minutes to cool down.

The idea is to push your body for a brief burst, and then allow it to recover. HIIT allows you stay in great shape even when you don’t have time for a long workout.

It can help you stay healthy and mentally sharp into your 70s, 80s, and beyond.

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