We already know that exercise is good for us. That’s a given. It gives us energy, makes us strong, and releases endorphins that improve our moods. But researchers have recently discovered that exercise does a lot more than that!
As we grow older, our brains start to deteriorate. This is an expected and natural part of our decline as we grow older, but apparently, it doesn’t have to be that way! New research out of New Zealand focused on the brain activity of aging adults and found that in older people who exercised, improvement of cognitive function was increased. In particular, seniors who exercised regularly were sharper in mental tests compared to those who were less fit.
The same results were not replicated for children or young adults, so this is particular to our aging population.
Want to stay mentally fit as you age? Stay physically fit will help!