Thanks to Debbie and her crew from St John for helping out at our Men's Health Pit Stop in Cameron St Mall yesterday. 200 Men's Health brochures given out and over 50 blood pressure and blood sugar measures taken. Awesome!
According to a new study that appeared online in the journal Neurology this week encouraging older people to engage in moderate to intense exercise may protect their brains from small lesions also known as "silent strokes".
The results showed that of the studies 1238 participants:
- 43% reported doing no regular exercise.
- 36% reported engaging in regular exercise: for example playing golf, walking, bowling, dancing.
- 21% reported doing moderate to intense exercise on a regular basis, including hiking, tennis, biking, jogging, swimming and racquetball.
- MRI scans showed that 16% (197 participants) had small brain lesions or "silent stroke" infarcts.
- The participants who reported regularly doing moderate to intense exercise were 40% less likely to be among those whose MRI showed signs of these brain lesions than participants who reported having no regular exercise.
Researchers concluded that while the results should not dissuade people from doing light exercise there appeared to be greater 'protective' benefit to exercising at higher intensities.
Get down to Forum North on 16 & 17 July in support of Whangarei' Zonta Club and its work of advancing the status of women and girls through supporting the likes of Duffy Books in Homes, Endometriosis NZ, Speld, Women's Refuge, plus Zonta scholarships and the production of Choices for Women booklets.