Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia. It's good for your heart, circulation, weight and mental well-being. There are two main types of physical activity: aerobic activity and strengthening activity. Each type will keep you in shape in different ways.
Doing a combination of these activities will help reduce your risk of developing dementia. For examples of each type of activity, see the drop-down list below. How much physical activity do adults ages 19 to 64 need to do to stay healthy? Try not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week. This is equivalent to about a pint of beer or a small glass of wine each day.
If you regularly drink much more than this, you increase your risk of damaging your brain and other organs and thus increase your risk of dementia. If you drink up to 14 units of alcohol a week, try to spread them out over at least three days. You can see how many units are in common alcoholic beverages in the drop-down list below. Small wine glass (125 ml) 1.5 units (ABV 12%) Large wine glass (250 ml) 3 units (ABV 12%) Shot (25 ml) of spirits such as gin, vodka or rum 1 unit (ABV 40%) Peter Lyons, in County Down, shares what it felt like to raise more than 1550 pounds in a 101 km cycling challenge.
Staying socially active, being physically active and having a sense of purpose, all of this and more, can help improve brain health at any stage of life.