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Mild cognitive impaired patients, don't be surprised if exercise is prescribed by your health care provider rather than medication. A new guideline for medical practitioners says that twice-weekly exercise is recommended to people with mild cognitive impairment for the improvement of memory and thinking. The recommendation is part of an updated guideline for mild cognitive impairment published in the December 27 in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Dr. Ronald Petersen, lead author, and director of Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic, said that "Regular physical exercise has shown to have heart health benefits, and now we can say that exercise also may help in the improvement of memory for people with mild cognitive impairment."

Dr. Petersen urged people for aerobic exercises which include jogging, brisk walking for 150 minutes a week, five times for 30 minutes, or three times for 50 minutes, whichever is suitable. The exercise should not be rigorous but may sweat a bit. He said exercising slows down the rate of progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia.

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