Older adults can improve their brain function by raising their fitness level, a study shows.
“Basically, the more exercise you did, the more benefit to the brain you saw,” said Jeffrey Burns, professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The team focused monitored exercise.
One group moderately exercised for the recommended amount of 150 minutes per week, a second exercised for 75 minutes per week, and a third group exercised for 225 minutes per week.
All groups who exercised saw some benefit, and those who exercised more saw more benefits.
Participants who exercised also showed an increase in their overall attention levels and ability to focus.
A number of research studies is also being conducted on how exercise may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.