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Long-term Exercise Improves Your Brain Function Later in Life

Studies show that people who exercised regularly from the age of 11 score higher in brain function tests that those who hadn’t.

Exercise offers plenty of benefits, like increasing physical strength and stamina or protecting your body from diseases, but there is another benefit that people don’t know about and that is boosting your brain functions. Research shows that exercising directly affects brain structure and nerve cell growth and development.

‘What's good for the body is good for the brain’. A study conducted on overweight and sedentary adults with an average age of 49 showed that after four weeks of intense training the body measurements improve but also the cognitive functions. They did better on the tests than before the exercise when researchers tested their cognitive functioning, cardiac output, body composition and exercise tolerance and capacity.

Health guidelines say that adults aged 19 to 64 should exercise for at least 150 minutes per week.

‘At least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week can make a huge difference to manage risk factors for heart disease and stroke.’ Dr. Beth Abramson, spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said in a statement.

Another study showed how people perform better in mental test at the age of 50 after they have exercised on a regular basis since childhood. Over 9,000 people took part in this research, starting with the age of 11 and they took tests of memory, attention and learning. Those who had exercised two to three times per month or more from the age of 11 scored higher in the tests than those who had not.

In conclusion, a healthy body equals a healthy mind.