Aerobic Exercise Can Impact Brain Power In Older Women, Study Says


While we’ve known for some time about the many long-term benefits of exercise, from increased strength to a revved up metabolism, new research shows aerobic exercise also may have considerable effects on the memory area of the brain in older women.

A small study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found a link between regular aerobic exercise and the size of the area of the brain (hippocampus) involved in verbal memory and learning among women whose brain power has been affected by age. The hippocampus has become a main focal point in dementia research because it is the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning, but also is very sensitive to the effects of aging.

Canadian researchers studied the impact of different types of exercise on 86 women with mild memory problems, all between 70 and 80 years old, over a six-month period.

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