Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Does exercise help memory of people over 50?

According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the answer is, yes. 
The researchers conducted a systematic review with multilevel meta-analysis. This is fancy speak for looking at many studies and redoing the math to see if the combined data confirmed what the individual studies showed.

The research group was just under 13,000 adults, 50-years of age and older. A total of 39 studies were evaluated. 
  • 18 studies looked at aerobic exercise (walking, running, or swimming).
  • 13 studies looked at resistance training in the form of weightlifting.
  • 10 studies focused on a combination of exercise programs.
  • The rest of the studies analyzed tai chi and yoga.
All exercises helped, but the type mattered
The analysis showed that aerobic exercise and tai chi helped overall brain function, while resistance training increased the participants’ memory.
In conclusion:
This is another study which shows that as we age it is important to keep moving. As I have said many times before, the best exercise for you is the one that you will keep doing, day after day. 
I think I will go for a walk now …

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