A recent study conducted by Alzheimer’s Research UK has found that half the UK population has no idea of the risk factors for dementia. In fact, the study revealed that a fifth of people believed it was just an inevitable part of aging. But the truth is we can all play a part in reducing our risk factors of developing the disease, simply by adopting a healthier lifestyle and exercising!
We all know how great exercise makes us feel so it makes sense to make regular, enjoyable exercise part of your routine. This NHS article really highlights how social physical activity can play a big part in helping depression and anxiety in old age which in turn could lower the risk of developing dementia.
Exercise can increase:
Memory and thinking skills
Harvard Medical School showed that moderate regular exercise can improve your memory in only 6 months. Exercise works on the brain directly and indirectly. Directly by increasing the volume of the parts of the brain which control memory and indirectly through improving sleep and reducing stress and anxiety.
According to the World Health Organisation regular exercise can increase your lifespan by reducing the likelihood of coronary disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer. Regular exercise improves muscle fitness and body mass.
John Hopkins Medicine suggest that physical activity can be just as much of a benefit to your heart health as medication. Exercise can help by lowering blood pressure, keeping your weight under control and strengthening your muscles.
Exercise can help treat depression and anxiety. The endorphins (hormone that makes us feel good) released through exercise give you an enormous sense of well being as well as helping you feel energised.
The benefits of regular exercise are vast but as we get older it is common to ease off on the amount of physical activity we do. Decreased mobility, illness and isolation are all factors that affect how active we are in old age. Taking part in regular exercise classes such as The Move it or Lose it classes with Amanda Abbott at Smart Fitt will help increase your overall well-being, heart and brain health as well as improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls. You’ll get to meet up with like minded friends to help motivate each other. The classes are designed to help people remain active and healthy as they age.
Classes started this month, a full class schedule can be found here: Move It or Lose It Class Schedule contact Amanda on 07535788756, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
During February Smart Fitt is running a promotion called “Bring a Buddy” and get 2 for the price of 1. So if you’re struggling to stick to your New Year fitness goals or you just need some extra motivation, this is a fantastic opportunity to help you keep on track.
Exercising can be much more effective when you do it with friends and if you’re wondering how it can help you here are 8 Great Reasons to Train with a Friend:
With all this in mind now is a great time to start exercising with a friend so why not take advantage of Smart-Fitt’s February offer and get 2 for the price of 1 on a range of our classes. All the classes are mixed gender, great fun, led by a mature qualified experienced instructor and with daytime and evening options available.
All you need to do is print off the vouchers or show them on your phone and say where you saw this, either on the website or social media.
Classes available for the February offer are:
Not Just Aerobics A ‘feel good’ choreographed aerobic exercise class set to great music.
Where/ when? The Centre, @Elsea Park, Bourne.
Total Body Blast An extreme HIIT class - the fastest way to get fit and burn calories!
Where/when? Morton Village Hall, Morton.
Tuesday 9:15am - 10:15am
Prime Time Fitness Active Exercise classes for older adults.
Where/when? The Centre Elsea park, Bourne.
Prime Time Fitness Gold Exercise classes for people who find regular exercise too strenuous or difficult due to mobility issues often associated with older age.
Where/when? Essendine Village Hall, Stamford.
Bootcamp Classes are indoor and outdoor to cover a range of exercises. Great for team building, group work HIIT and above all great fun!
Where/when? Lawrence Park Community Hall, Thurlby.
Tuesday 7:00pm - 7:45pm
All sessions are £5 per session or pay up front £20 for 5 sessions.
Smart Fitt has embarked on an amazing challenge this month. In a bid to raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Amanda and her family have pledged to ride 1000 miles between them starting from the beginning of November 2018 until the end of January 2019. As the winter months close in, the last thing most of us feel like doing is heading out on our bikes in the wind and rain but Amanda and her team will be braving all weathers to achieve their goal!
Alzheimers Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Their research aims to: Bring about greater understanding of the diseases that cause dementia, earlier and more accurate diagnosis, using most up to date evidence to reduce risk, and ensure dementia is treated effectively. As it stands today there are no dementia survivors. Alzheimer’s Research UK aims to change this.
As well as helping to ensure Alzheimer’s Research UK can continue to carry out their vital work you will also be helping to motivate Amanda and her family to keep going with the challenge, especially when they are faced with the cold, dark winter days.
You can donate quickly and easily at Amanda’s fundraising page. You check on their progress and leave messages to keep them going!
Smart Fitt is inspired by the ongoing work and research carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK and Amanda and her family feel passionate about supporting the charity by completing the Cycling Down Dementia Epic Challenge - 1000 miles. Whatever you can afford to give will help Alzheimers Research UK deliver their aims.
Amanda works closely with older people, offering specialist fitness classes for all abilities. She feels strongly about the positive effect regular exercise can have both physically and mentally.
A recent study has suggested that a third of cases of dementia could be prevented through changes in our lifestyle as we age. The Age Well trial found that participants who showed the biggest increase in mental and physical activity were those who had set targets and mentoring to assess their progress.
Help to spread the word about Alzheimer’s Research UK by sharing Amanda’s fundraising page with all your friends and family. The more people that know about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s vital research work the greater the chance of the charity being able to achieve their mission of bringing about a life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.
Be sure to follow the hashtag #TEAMARUK