Keeping Your Brain Young Through Excercise

Keeping Your Brain Young Through Excercise

The review found that the most effective dose of exercise — the average amount that appeared to be linked with specific positive outcomes for the brain — was roughly 52 hours over six months. The scientists saw a significant link between this amount of exercise and people's performance on tests measuring two key outcomes related to thinking skills: attention span, and the amount of time it took people to complete a mental task.

Brodwin, 2018

In a study published recently in Neurology, researchers reviewed 98 studies on the influence of exercise on cognition in older adults. The analysis revealed that aerobic, resistance training, and mind-body exercises were most valuable (Gomes-Osman et al., 2018). A combination of the three was also beneficial. The amount of time spent exercising to see the benefits can be cumulutative, and should amount to about 52 hours.

Older adults are encouraged to regularly exercise. Younger adults can simplify this practice by forming exercise habits early. As one ages, these routines may be continued with any necessary modifications depending on additional health factors. As indicated in the study, keeping the mind and body strong are among the ways we can keep our brains healthy as we age.

The study was reported in Business Insider, where a summary of the article may be found. Additionally the abstract may be viewed in the May, 2018 issue of Neurology.


References:

Brodwin, E. (2018). There's even more evidence that 2 forms of exercise are the best way to keep your brain young. Business Insider. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/exercise-can-prevent-aging-boost-brain-he....

Gomes-Osman, J., Cabral, D.F., Morris, T.P., McInerney, K., Cahalin, L.P., Rundek, T., ... Pascual-Leone, A. (2018). Neurology: Clinical Practice. doi:10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000460

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