We are always on the lookout for longevity research that can be put into action immediately. Tufts University recently reported on a new study focusing on the link between aerobic activity and the brain. If you exercise already: good for you! If not, here’s one more compelling reason to get off the couch!
Turns out that there is even more evidence that aerobic activity benefits your brain. In fact, it actually increases the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for forming, storing and processing memory. The researchers at the University of British Columbia compared their findings with an earlier study of cognitively healthy older adults.
“The findings suggest that aerobic exercise offers greatest benefits to those who need it most: people with mild cognitive impairment, often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease,” the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter reported.
The study’s lead researcher Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, stated in the article, “The relationship between physical activity and brain health is pretty robust and has been demonstrated in healthy adults, but we haven’t known much about its impact in people with mild cognitive impairment who have the greatest risk for dementia.”