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Exercise Boosts Cognitive Function


Another benefit of exercise

Exercise boosts cognitive function in people 50 and older

Linda Searing writing for the Washington Post reported people age 50 and older could see improvement in cognitive function by exercising, according to a review of data from 39 studies. Cognitive function improved the most with moderate to vigorous exercise for up to 60 minutes, according to findings published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Comment: I’m a firm believer in exercise.

Feeling younger than chronological age may help preserve memory, cognitive function

Here’s how you can feel 20 years younger….

Feeling younger than chronological age may help preserve memory, cognitive function

Ann Lukits writing in the Wall Street Journal reported eeling younger than one’s real age could help to preserve memory and cognitive function as people get older, says a study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

The study comes as recent research suggests aging is both a subjective and biological experience. A younger self-image was more common in physically active people with a lower body-mass index, the latest study found.

The study, conducted by researchers in France, analyzed data from 1,352 men and women, age 50 to 75 years old, who were enrolled in a larger U.S. study in the mid-1990s. Participants were asked how old they felt most of the time and how often they participated in moderate or vigorous exercise. Other information, such as the presence of chronic diseases, was recorded.

After about 10 years, cognitive function was assessed with tests of memory and executive function, the capacity to plan and carry out complex tasks. The study found that, on average, the participants felt 19% younger than their chronological age. Of the subjects, 89% felt younger and 11% felt older than their actual age. Those who felt older than their age scored 25% lower on memory and cognitive tests than those who felt younger.

Comment: Not that hard to knock off the unwanted years is it?

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