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Study shows physically fit older adults have fewer age-related changes in their brains

There’s more evidence today that regularly exercising can be good for your brain. The Health Blog reports:

By analyzing aerobic fitness and neural differences, researchers at the University of Arizona found a clear relationship between exercise and healthier aging brains, they reported in a new study.

The more physically fit the elderly person they studied, the fewer age-related brain changes the researchers could find. In all, they studied 58 men and 65 women between 50 and 89 years old, matching patterns of neural activation against performance on treadmill tests.

The study adds to the growing body of scientific research on how physical activity benefits cognitive function. If you’d like learn more about how exercise, and other lifestyle choices, can help save the aging brain, take a look at this past Q&A with Michael Walker, PhD, a consulting professor at Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Informatics Research.

Previously: Exercise may lower women’s risk of dementia later in life, Power walking plus “Plants vs. Zombies” may help protect against memory loss, Stanford biostatistician talks about saving your aging brain and Studying ways to combat mental decline in aging
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