Recent analysis performed by Cardiff University provides another reason why you may want to make exercise part of your routine.


According to a 35-year study, the most effective way one can lower his or her chances of developing dementia is by exercising on a regular basis. The analysts looked at five lifestyle factors that have been recognized as decreasing the likelihood of developing dementia, such as not smoking, having a low body weight, maintaining a well-balanced diet and minimizing alcohol consumption.

"Exercise happens to be the most important but the other factors come in very close behind," Peter Elwood, co-author of the study and professor of medicine at Cardiff University, told BBC News. "We should all live a more active lifestyle. If I park my car a mile from work - that makes me likely to do more than the half an hour a day. Any exercise has some benefit and the more, the better."