Aerobic Exercise & Seniors’ Brains
This news about the link between exercise and cognition comes from a study at Canada’s University of Calgary where 206 adults whose average age was 66 took part in a six-month aerobic exercise program. None of the volunteers had a history of heart or memory problems. The program began with 20-minute sessions three days a week that were later increased to an average of 40-minute sessions. The participants also were asked to work out on their own once a week.
The researchers reported that after six months of exercise, the participants improved by 5.7 percent on tests of mental flexibility and self-correction. Their ability to retrieve information increased by 2.4 percent, a change which study leader Marc J. Poulin, Ph.D., said is what you would expect to see in people five years younger. He added that the study showed that six-months of vigorous exercise may improve the circulation to regions of the brain that specifically improve verbal skills, memory and mental sharpness.
Marc J. Poulin, “Aerobic exercise improves cognition and cerebrovascular regulation in older adults,” Neurology, May 13, 2020 DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009478
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