Vary your workout for a healthy brain

At Love The Burn we’ve always proudly supported the idea of varying your exercise routine.

It’s been shown time and time again that it keeps you motivated during workouts, but is it really true that varying your workouts could help prevent some of the biggest health issues around?

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia are two incredibly debilitating diseases that we are still trying to understand and treat with scientific research. Some studies into the diseases have suggested that engaging in a wide variety of activities reduces the risk of dementia in older people.

It was back in 2005 when researchers from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution discovered there was a statistical association between the amount of different activities people engage in – as opposed to the intensity of the exercises – and the risk of developing dementia in older people.

A recent study from March 2016 would appear to support the theory. The study was conducted at the UCLA Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh. The results were that taking on a variety of physical activities such as walking, dancing, and even gardening, improved the volume of the brain and reduced Alzheimer’s risk by up to 50%.

The studies would suggest that, when you introduce variety to your workout, it boosts the long-term health of your brain, as well as your overall physical health and wellbeing. We love to put some variety into our workouts and we encourage all of our members to try something new when they work out; whether it be different exercises, different Personal Trainer, a different gym or workout location.

Find some way to change up your workout and do it. Not just for your body; but for your brain too.