Fit Body, Fit Brain
- Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:53
- Adam Wilkey
The latest evidence linking the two comes courtesy of a study published in Neurology.
Investigators interviewed nearly 900 elderly people (average age: 71 years; no signs of cognitive
decline) regarding their exercise
habits over a two-week period; gave each person an MRI and
various cognitive tests seven years later; and then repeated the tests five years after that to
Seniors who had reported performing moderate- to high-intensity exercise
such as aerobics or
running had less decline in memory and processing skills compared to seniors who had reported
performing low-intensity exercise (gardening, walking) at the start of the study. In fact, the brains
of people who reported low activity aged approximately 10 years more than brains of the high-
activity group, according to the researchers.
Another study linked exercise to increased telomere length. (Telomeres are basically the “caps” on
DNA strands; their length and quality is an indicator of cell age.) The point is, exercise is fast
becoming more than just a great way to keep your body in shape; it can help keep your brain in
Pic from http://www.freegrab.net/telomere.htm
So now you know, it’s never too late to do some form of exercise, and even starting later on can be really beneficial. But for you younger people, now is the time to start getting into the habit of regular exercise… Prevention is always our best ally!
What are you going to take up? Or what do you already love doing as a bit of moderate – high intensity exercise?