Physical activity

Physical exercise promotes brain health.

Regular physical exercise is associated with better brain function and reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Even simple exercise like walking has been shown to be good for the brain. Getting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on most days will help keep your body and brain healthy.

The following pages explain the evidence that shows physical activity is important and provide some great ideas for getting active.

What is the evidence? – how do we know that physical activity is important and how does it work?

Get active – what physical activity and how much is recommended?

Find an exercise program – ideas for getting help and links to exercise experts


Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.


Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.



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