Exercising Your Body Keeps Your Brain Healthy

Exercising isn’t just good for your body; it also increases your mental acuity by improving the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. Studies have shown that the brain is more receptive and alert after an exercise session, and this can be a good time to tackle plans or make decisions.

And people who exercise later in life appear to gain better protection against age-related brain changes than those who don’t. Researchers looking at almost 700 people over the age of 70 found those who exercised regularly showed less brain shrinkage over the three-year study period than those who were couch potatoes. As brain shrinkage is linked to problems with memory and thinking, researchers from the University of Edinburgh now say exercise is one of the most important ways to protect your grey matter.

Professor James Goodwin, Head of Research at Age UK, a charity for older people, who funded the study, says, “We already know that exercise is important in reducing your risk of some illnesses that come with ageing, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. This research reemphasises that it really is never too late to benefit from exercise, so whether it’s a brisk walk to the shops, gardening or competing in a fun run, it’s crucial that those who can, get active as we grow older.”

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