It’s been reported today that exercising in your 70s may stop some of the signs of ageing that are linked to dementia. The research comes from Edinburgh University and Professor Clive Ballard, of The Alzheimer’s Society, has this to say on the findings:
‘Dementia is one of people’s biggest fears in later life, but there are ways for people to help reduce their risk of developing the condition. Keeping your mind stimulated can be fun, but exercise has been proven to prevent cognitive decline in many studies. This research gives people further reason to get active and workout to ward off dementia.’
There are many ways to exercise and going to the leisure centre is only one. Here at The Countrymen’s Club we believe in the ‘green gym’, nature’s answer to the sweaty rooms that we usually end up exercising in!
A green gym is simply the idea that you can get a good amount of exercise by being active outdoors in the British countryside. And The Conservation Volunteers (who used to be called BTCV) reminds us that you don’t need any Lycra. NHS Choices has even made a short film about it:
By coming along to The Countrymen’s Club you can get involved in outdoor activities on our working farm, including working in the garden, helping out with the animals, or a bit of woodwork. Like all exercise, it seems that these activities can make a big difference when it comes to concerns like dementia.
If anyone’s been involved in a green gym before, or if you have any ideas for interesting outdoor activities, then please leave a reply below!