EXERCISE BENEFITS BRAIN MORE THAN READING OR CROSSWORDS

Oct 29, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Turns out exercise benefits the brain as much, and maybe even more, than the rest of the human body. 

In a study presented yesterday at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, a group of sedentary adults with an average age of 49, were put on four months of high intensity interval training.  Doctor Martin Juneau of the Montreal Heart Institute says at the end of the regimen, their ability to think, recall and make quick decisions had all improved significantly.  Blood flow to the brain increases during exercise, and the more fit you are, the more that increases, and the better the brain functions.  This is expecially true for older zoomers. 

Another study, by Alan Gow from the University of Edinburgh, found exercise helped prevent brain shrinkage and was more beneficial in keeping people 65-plus mentally sharp, than doing crossword puzzles or reading.

The studies also suggest it’s never too late to get active, and the benefits of exercise can kick in at any age.

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