Keep fit for Brain Health
A recent study in the journal Frontiers in Aging on Neuroscience found that people age 50 and older who did regular aerobic exercise may help keep their minds sharp as they age.
37 sedentary adults aged between 57 to 75 with normal brain health were randomly assigned to an exercise or control group. The exercise group was required to perform 60 minutes of supervised aerobic activity three times a week for 12 weeks.
The blood flow to the brain, cognition levels, and markers of fitness were measured at the start, six weeks in, and at the end of the study.
The researchers found that aerobic exercise improved subjects’ brain function and cognition. The benefits were linked to increased blood flow to the hippocampus, the brain’s memory centre, and increased flow to the anterior cingulate region, an area linked to superior cognitive abilities in later life.
“This research shows the tremendous benefit of aerobic exercise on a person’s memory and demonstrates that aerobic exercise can reduce both the biological and cognitive consequences of aging,” said Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas and the study’s lead author.
This affirms what many have suspected for some time. Healthy body, healthy mind.