Nov 22, 2013

Worried About Alzheimer's? Yoga for Your Face

Exercising your face tightens and tones muscles. It also combats aging and reduces stress often associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Worried About Alzheimer's? Yoga for Your Face | Alzheimer's Reading Room

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

There are a long list of scientific articles that indicate exercise reduces the risk of Alzheimer's, dementia, heart disease, diabetes, and lowers LDL cholesterol.

You might chuckle when you see the yoga exercises for you face. They work.

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Yoga for Your Face

Free Your Tongue
It is recommended that you hold this pose for 60 seconds. It is good if your eyes water; that flushes the toxins that may have accumulated there.

Yoga for Your Face

Lion Face
Inhale through your nose, make fists and squeeze all your facial muscles...

Yoga for Your Face

Surprise Me!
Widen your eyes, as though surprised, but try not to wrinkle the brow. Focus on a point in front of you for about five to ten seconds. Then repeat, four times.

I use these exercises, and I found they do tighten your face. They also take some of the stress out of your neck. Once you get use to doing these exercises not only will your face get stronger, it will also take on a new shape.

A tighter younger shape.

I also learned that these exercises

help reduce the stress I am feeling on a bad day with Alzheimer's.

The exercises are easy and simple to do, and they don't require a trip to the gym. Quick, easy, mission accomplished.

Will they help ward off Alzheimer's -- I don't know. I believe they will help ward off stress which can lead to Alzheimer's caregiver depression. So they can't hurt and they help me.

After you do these exercises for a few weeks, you will begin to see some serious changes in your face. Hopefully, they will also effect you behavior positively.

If you try them, come back in a month and give us your reaction.

I never made a video of my mother doing these exercises with me. I wish I had. Watching that video would have made you laugh and probably would have improved your day. It worked for me.

To get all eleven exercises for your face go here.

Here are some of the previous articles I wrote in the Worried About Alzheimer's series.

Worried About Alzheimer's? You Should Be

Worried About Alzheimer's? Tip #1 Exercise

Worried About Alzheimer's? The Holy Grail of Exercise

Worried About Alzheimer's? Using Google Search Promotes Memory and a Healthy Brain

Worried about Alzheimer's? If You are a Baby Boomer You Should Be

I should mention that more than 100 million American's are touched by Alzheimer's, and more than 35 million are worried about Alzheimer's.

In previous articles on Worried about Alzheimer's, I mentioned these scientific facts:
  • There are at least 18 research studies showing that exercise can improve memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
  • A recent meta-analysis of the reports shows that a physical exercise program -- even one started when people are in their 70s -- can significantly boost executive function.
  • Investigators looked at the relationship of physical activity and mental function in about 6,000 women age 65 and older, over an 8 year period. They found that the women who were more physically active were less likely to experience a decline in their mental function than inactive women.
  • Mice that exercised had 50 to 80 percent less plaque in their brains than the brains of the sedentary mice. Importantly, exercising mice produced significantly more of an enzyme in the brain that prevents plaque.
  • High cholesterol in your 40s increases the odds of contracting Alzheimer's--by 50 percent.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) causes build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid is a central component of the senile plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, and its toxicity against brain cells is believed to be a prime cause of Alzheimer's.
  • This fact is not well known but if you have a big belly in middle age the chances that you could suffer from dementia are tripled.

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Original content Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer's Reading Room