Seniors walk away memory problems

An Australian study has found that walking for two and a half hours a week can significantly improve memory problems in the over-50s.

The Fitness for the Ageing Brain Study, conducted over 18 months at the University of Western Australia, is believed to be the first in the world to demonstrate that moderate exercise can positively affect cognitive function.

Professor Lautenschlager said the results were very promising. “We found the improvement in memory occurred not only during the six month trial but also six and 12 months after completion of the supervised physical activity program’’ she said.

“We have known for a long time that exercise is a great way to improve cardiovascular health, but it may be that in the future exercise can also be recommended to protect against the ageing brain.”

“Unlike medication, which was found to have no significant effect on mild cognitive impairment, physical activity has the advantage of other health benefits such as preventing depression, quality of life, falls, cardiovascular function and disability.”

Makes me feel better. As a cranky old geek, there are occasional times when my walks with the dogs are less than recreation. Knowing that I’m actually doing myself some good reinforces that tiny corner of my brain that allows for smugness.

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