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Prevent Alzheimers With Golf

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You are looking for a ways to help delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimers.

Cure

Playing a round of golf can help boost your brain power and walking the course will help even more. Studies have shown that new brain cells are created and more oxygen is pumped to the brain when you are active in some kind of aerobic exercise. On this point alone, golf could help ward off Alzheimers.

Therapy

In addition to good nutrition and exercise, mentally stimulating your brain is also believed to help prevent Alzheimers by stimulating blood circulation and improving neural pathway connections. Think of how much mental power it requires you to keep your cool and positive thinking after hitting a bad shot. Golf is constantly challenging your mind in terms of coordination, concentration, visualization, estimation, strategy, preparing for and practicing each shot. Even if you are playing golf alone, it still offers many spoken and unspoken social opportunities that will help stimulate your neuro pathways. Think of all of the nonverbal social thoughts that occur while you are waiting for your turn to approach the ball; such as pace of play, other players club selections and success. It does not matter if this is your worst round of golf because golf is good for your mind and body!

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