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More Intense Exercise Delays Brain Aging

 

A recent study published in the journal Neurology shows that individuals who exercise more intensely see a slower decline in brain function and memory than those who exercise lightly or not at all. Light exercise included activities such as walking or yoga. Intense exercise included activities such as running, aerobics and calisthenics.

Participants in the study were grouped according to the type of exercise they engaged in: either light or intense. Both groups were tested for memory, recall and thinking skills. Seven years later the two groups were tested again. The individuals in the high intensity group showed less decline than the light intensity group. The difference between the two groups was surprising. According to researchers, the difference between the two groups was about the same as ten years of aging.

This is a very significant difference. Physicians and researchers are encouraged by these findings because exercise is a low-cost strategy that most aging individuals can try. It doesn’t interfere with medications either, making it a very attractive way to delay aging and age-related cognitive decline.

The full article citation is:
Willey, J. Z. (2016). Leisure-time physical activity associates with cognitive decline.

To access the study abstract, click on the following link:
http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2016/03/23/WNL.0000000000002582.short

 

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