Lifelong exercise key to keep brain healthy in old age
People who keep their fitness level up as a child and adult, through activity three or four times a week, improve their cognitive functioning at 50, a research has claimed.
The study conducted by King’s College London found that training even one day a week offered major benefits.
KCL’s Dr Alex Dregan told the Daily Express that exercise is a key component to prevent cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, so public health interventions to promote lifelong exercise have the potential to reduce the personal and social burden associated with these conditions.
For the study, researchers examined levels of exercise at the ages of 11, 16, 33, 42, 46 and 50 in more than 9,000 people.
The research found who exercised weekly as a child and an adult performed better on tests of memory, learning, attention and reasoning at 50 than those who exercised two to three times a month.
The study has been published in the journal Psychological Medicine.