Exercise May Slow Brain Aging By Up To 10 Years
It’s no secret that exercise is beneficial for mind, body, and soul. In this article, we explain just exactly how and why exercise is the most inexpensive and rewarding activity for your brain.
In a study authored by Clinton B. Wright, MD, MS, of the University of Miami in
Miami, Fla., it has been found that exercise may slow the process of brain
aging by up to 10 years. The study looked at data collected from 876
individuals from a study conducted in Manhattan, NY.
looking at people who had no signs of memory and thinking problems at the start
of the study, researchers found that those reporting low [exercise] activity
levels [such as walking and yoga,] showed a greater decline over five years
compared to those with high [exercise] activity levels [such as running,
aerobics, or calisthenics] on tests of how fast they could perform simple tasks
and how many words they could remember from a list. The difference was equal to
that of 10 years of aging. (American
Academy of Neurology).”
has been proven to immediately improve your brain’s memory retention
suggest that parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the
prefrontal and medial temporal cortex) have bigger volumes in people who
exercise compared to people who don’t.
more interestingly, “engaging in a program of regular exercise of moderate
intensity over six months or a year is associated with an increase in the
volume of selected brain regions,” according to Dr. Scott McGinnis, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
and an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School.
do not exercise regularly three to four times a week, starting now is the best
thing you can do for your mental health. We encourage you to find a routine
that isn’t so intense as to cause injury, but one that pushes you out of your comfort
zone for 30-40 minutes.
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