Summary: A recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has determined that exercise, including walking, may reduce the risk of developing dementia or age related mental decline. The challenge in a sedentary society is finding a way to motivate individuals to move more. A treadmill desk from TrekDesk offers a solution.
Walking has previously been shown to increase cognitive abilities and productivity among employees but now Mayo researchers have found another long term benefit that should encourage individuals to walk at work: exercise actually reduces the risk of dementia and aging related mental decline. TrekDesk treadmill desks allow individuals to walk while they work, restoring health, boosting mood and productivity and protecting against cognitive declines.
The study was supervised by Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic. He and his research team analyzed more than 1600 scientific research papers focused on the correlation between exercise and cognition. In a statement released with his findings Dr. Ahlskog noted “you can make a very compelling argument for exercise as a disease-modifying strategy to prevent dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and for favorably modifying these processes once they have developed."
Exercise, such as walking, has long been touted as advantageous to general health however scientists are finding that the long term cognitive advantages are significant as well. Dr. Ahlskog stressed the importance of this distinction, “we should continue to encourage exercise for not only general health, but also cognitive health.”
The challenge in a sedentary America revolves around motivating individuals to move more than the average 5,000 steps per day. The Surgeon General recommends twice the amount for minimal health guidelines. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks offer a solution allowing individuals to perform normally sedentary desk tasks and continue to move.
Estimates for increased rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia in the United States are not only alarming but preventable. Once the nation stops waiting for miracle drugs and recognizes the need to move throughout the day, we have a chance to regain our physical and mental health.