The first study connecting long-term brain health with exercise began over a century ago. Even today, we continue to learn from scientific research and find better ways of living.
Scientists have discovered that cognitive decline doesn't have to be a necessary part of growing older. Studies in the US and around the world show we can even become more intelligent as we age. And certain kinds of physical activity can increase our ability to think and remember.
What does modern-day research tell us about aerobic exercise and how it correlates with brain health?
A recent study with Duke University Medical Center profiled 160 people age 55 and older over six months. Participants were drawn from TV and newspaper ads, doctors, and mailing lists from Duke Aging Center and Duke Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
At the beginning of the study, none of the participants exercised regularly, and they all had some measurable cognitive impairment. Results showed that those who practiced regular aerobic exercise improved their neurocognitive and executive function test scores during the test period.
If you can walk briskly for an errand instead of driving, that would be a great way to start aerobic exercise as a regular practice. Find a friend to walk with to help you stay accountable for regular exercise. The increased sense of connection is an added boost for your brain health. You don't need to leave home to get aerobic exercise. Try doing intense house cleaning, yard work, gardening, or even dancing in your living room.
Bicycling, jogging, and swimming are also great ways to get moving. Multiple studies continue to show exercise can lower the risk for cognitive decline, and we can truly become wiser as we age.
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