Exercise and the brain
Exercise and the brain are closely related, being a personal trainer I like to study all aspects of the positive effects of exercise on the body. Here is some information about exercise and the brain.
A new study has underlined the message that “exercise is good for you” with results that show staying active into old age could help prevent brain damage, and protect you from motor function problems.
Published in science journal Neurology, the study looked at the effect of the small areas of the brain impacted by age-related ‘damage’ on people’s ability to move freely.
167 participants with an average age of 80 were given movement monitors to keep track of their activity over 11 days. Each participant was also given mobility tests and MRI scans, to assess the extent of age related damage in their brain.
The results suggested that people who were more active – walking further more regularly, for example – suffered fewer mobility issues. Thus showing the importance of encouraging a more active lifestyle in older people to prevent motility issues. Physical activity may create a “reserve” that protects motor abilities against the effects of age-related brain damage it was concluded.
Though more research needs to be done, the study is a strong indicator that doing more exercise throughout your life, and staying active for as long as possible, will help you remain more mobile in older age. Exercising is good for your health!