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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"

 An interesting study looked at what the act of walking does to our brain, and found that it can modify and increase the amount of blood that’s sent to the brain (which is viewed as beneficial for brain function). The study, performed by researchers at New Mexico Highlands University in the United States, found that the ...continue reading "Walking Increases Blood Flow To the Brain"

 Looks like exercise, even 20 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking, has beneficial anti-inflammatory health effects. Inflammation is part of the body's normal immune response - it is the body's attempt to heal itself after an injury and tissue damage, and to defend itself against infection from foreign invaders, such as viruses and ...continue reading "Exercise Has Anti-Inflammatory Effect"

The beginning of a new year is a time to think about the future, and perhaps think about healthy lifestyles and how to age well. One important issue to think about is: why do some older people have "young" minds while others do not? Can anything be done to improve our odds later in life of ...continue reading "Why Do Some Older Adults Have Youthful Brains?"

 We all know that exercise is beneficial for health. Research suggests that exercising out in nature is best for several varied reasons -  including that it lowers markers of inflammation, and that it's good for our gut microbiome (community of gut microbes). The following excerpts are written by Dr. John La Puma encouraging other doctors to ...continue reading "Time For Doctors To Prescribe Exercise"