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Keep Your Brain Young

October 14, 2015

Harvard Medical School recently made a publication regarding exercise and how it affects brain health.  Most recent studies show positive brain changes relate to greater amount of daily physical activity and higher fitness levels.  A small interesting study looked at oxygen related changes- oxygen has been shown to correlate with increased memory and brain function as people age.

This study identified 100 relatively healthy men and women ages 60 to 80 with varying levels of reported physical activity.  For one week, the participants wore an accelerometer to measure their physical activity.  Each participant also had their oxygen consumption measured during maximal exercise tests.  As you can imagine the people with higher fitness levels also showed more positive oxygen related changes and MRI findings consistent with faster nerve processing in the brain. 

While there is no exact exercise prescription to tell us how long and hard to exercise- based on the results above, even low intensity activity for 30 minutes to an hour a day is much better for the brain compared to sitting on the couch. 

Here are a few more ways to help your brain stay young:

 

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2 responses to “Keep Your Brain Young”

  1. Cali Jones says:

    My memory sucks. I definitely need more oxygen. And sleep. Will work on that.

  2. Becky Brown says:

    It’s amazing how something as simple as a brisk walk can make you feel. And now we know it
    helps our brains too.

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