Exercise elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain which helps improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness and reduces the risk of cognitive decline. Physical activity is recommended to adults with normal cognition and mild cognitive impairment to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. 150 minutes per week of moderate-intense physical activity is recommended (WHO 2019).
Physical activity includes recreational or leisure-time physical activity, transportation (ex. Walking or cycling), occupational (if the person is still engaged in work), household chores, play, games, sports or planned exercise, in the context of daily, family and community activities (WHO 2019).
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