Studies have shown that seniors who get even a moderate amount of exercise seem to have a stronger retention of mental skills. Although not all experts agree (factors such as education level or health condition could impact cognition), all signs point to exercise as a key ingredient to a stronger mental state. However, light exercise does not seem to be a factor in keeping the brain fit; moderate to heavy exercise seem to be the keys in order to improve brain function.
- Exercise doesn’t only keep your body fit but is also beneficial for your brain health by sharpening your mental skills.
- Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, and reduces the risks associated with high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
- Studies show that the benefits increase with the intensity of the exercise. If the exercise doesn’t get your heart rate up, it’s not enough.
“Older adults who exercise regularly could buy an extra decade of good brain functioning, a new study suggests.”