How exercise can save your brain

Posted by: info@esthergodoy.com on June 14, 2016

HOW EXERCISE CAN SAVE YOUR BRAIN

Wondering how you can keep your brain sharp for longer? Research says regular exercise in middle age is the best way to prevent memory decline in later years.

A recent study by the University of Melbourne found that participants who exercised regularly throughout their life performed better on memory tests than those who didn’t.

The study looked at almost 400 women over 20 years, measuring lifestyle factors like career, number of children, physical activity and smoking, as well as medical measurements like blood pressure, BMI and weight.

The study measured verbal memory, as this is one of the first things that begin to decline when developing Alzheimer’s disease. It found that the factor with the biggest impact on their memory skills later in life was physical activity, regardless of what type.

That means that whatever activity you prefer – from walking the dog to running marathons – is going to help your brain as you age.

Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke, who led the study, says that the message is clear: get out and move more often.   “It helps your heart, your body and prevents obesity and diabetes and now we know it can help your brain.”

Blood pressure was another important factor, with participants who had normal blood pressure levels also showing better memory skills.

Researchers say that it’s important to start these healthy habits as early as possible, as the effects are cumulative. That is, the more you do over the years, the better your brainpower will be!

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