Want to remain young at heart and in spirit as you age gracefully? Nourishing your brain and keeping it young are among the many benefits of exercise. This post from Men’s Health discusses how working out keeps your brain literally 10 years younger!
Researchers asked people over age 40 about their exercise habits and tested their cognitive abilities. The scientists checked in five years later to test their brains again.
Some mental skills start to dwindle around age 30, says study author Clinton Wright, M.D.
But the participants who did moderate-to-intense workouts like running or swimming experienced significantly less cognitive decline over a five-year period than people who were more sedentary. The active participants had better memories and were able to think faster.
In fact, exercising throughout your lifetime may be as good for your brain as turning back the clock 10 years, according to the researchers’ mathematical models.
One possible explanation: Physical activity boosts blood flow to your brain, delivering oxygen and nutrients and removing toxins at a greater rate, says Dr. Wright.
Exercise also fights diabetes, hypertension, and inflammation—conditions that could slowly damage your brain, he says.
Dr. Wright, a neurologist, advises his patients to start working out if they aren’t already. It’s important to get your heart rate up, he says. For an intense workout you can do without even leaving your house, try THE 21-DAY METASHRED.