Thursday, April 21, 2016

Aging brains - including yours - might need some exercise

If you're alive, your brain is aging.

So recent research should be an interest for all of us out there, especially those of us who already have concerns about their brains. Seems that aging brains benefit from higher intensity physical exercise, study indicates:
In a recent study, those who reported doing little to no exercise showed greater long-term decline in memory and thinking skills, compared with those having high activity levels. The difference was equivalent to 10 years of aging, according to researchers at the University of Miami, Florida, and Columbia University, New York.
“Our results suggest that moderate to intense exercise may help older people delay aging of the brain,” said study author Clinton B. Wright, MD, MS, of the University of Miami. “The number of people over the age of 65 in the United States is on the rise, meaning the public health burden of thinking and memory problems will likely grow.”
Maybe all my (slow) running will help keep my brain functioning longer - looks like I have at least a bit of evidence on that.

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