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Once again a study found benefits from exercise - specifically that regular exercise is better for the brain and for thinking skills (for "executive function"). Executive function is a person's ability to regulate his or her own behavior, pay attention, manage new information and unexpected challenges, to plan, organize, and achieve goals. Executive functioning can decline in older adults ...continue reading "Aerobic Exercise, Thinking Skills, and the Brain"

It's reassuring to see that there are positive things one can do to maintain brain health as one ages. With normal aging, the brain typically shrinks a little with each passing decade  - starting from about the age of 40. But one recent Australian study, which reviewed the results of many other studies, found that ...continue reading "Exercise Is a Maintenance Program For the Brain?"

 Once again, research supports that you should get off your butt and exercise! Or do a moderate to vigorous physical activity at least several times a week, which can include housework, gardening, dancing, swimming, or walking briskly. Most important is to MOVE. And why is this so important? Not just for physical health and prevention of certain ...continue reading "Older Adults, Exercise, and the Brain"

What happens to your brain when you stop exercising? The results of this Univ. of Maryland study should be a wake up call for those who are not quite convinced of exercise's health benefits to the brain. The researchers examined cerebral blood flow in athletes (ages 50-80 years, who were recruited from running clubs) before and ...continue reading "Stopping All Exercise and Blood Flow In the Brain"

Get out there and start getting active NOW - the earlier you start in life, the better for your brain decades later. All physical activity or exercise is good, including regular walks. From Medical Xpress: Regular exercise protects against cognitive decline in later years Regular exercise in middle age is the best lifestyle change a ...continue reading "Exercise Now to Protect Your Brain Decades From Now"

Exercise has health benefits at all ages! From Medical Xpress: Study indicates exercise sharpens the young adult brain Regular physical activity improves brain function even in young adults considered in their prime and at the height of cognitive ability, according to a new University of Otago study. They took 52 tertiary students, aged from 18 ...continue reading "Young Adults, Exercise, and Improved Brain Function"

Several more articles on the benefits of exercise. From Science Daily: Train your heart to protect your mind Exercising to improve our cardiovascular strength may protect us from cognitive impairment as we age, according to a new study. "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, ...continue reading "Exercise to Protect Your Brain"

Are you exercising frequently? No? Perhaps you need a good motivating reason. Recent study results provide a good reason (brain health!) for all of us to exercise or do some form of of moderate physical activity for at least 2 1/2 hours per week. A study conducted in Germany found evidence of an association between ...continue reading "Physical Activity Is Beneficial For The Brain"

There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether older adults form new neurons in the brain. Neurons are specialized cells transmitting nerve impulses in the brain - they are nerve cells. In other words, if elderly people form new neurons in the brain, then this is excellent news for brain function. This means we can look ...continue reading "New Neurons Form In the Brains Of Older Adults"

Great news for those who don't exercise at government recommended guideline levels of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Which may be most of us, perhaps? Hmmm? A recent study found that even light intensity exercise is beneficial to the brain. The study of 2354 persons (average age 53 years) in Framingham, Massachusetts, ...continue reading "Light Physical Activity Is Beneficial to the Brain"