Ex­er­cise your brain power

The Daily Examiner - - HEALTHY LIVING - Chloe Kerr The Sun

JUST an hour of ex­er­cise a week can boost the brain and help stave off de­men­tia in old age, ex­perts claim.

Sci­en­tists be­lieve al­most any kind of ex­er­cise, from run­ning and cy­cling to yoga and tai chi, can re­verse men­tal de­cline if kept up for at least six months.

A study of 11,000 peo­ple aged over 60 found that about 17 min­utes of ex­er­cise a day im­proved their abil­ity to pay at­ten­tion and achieve goals.

The re­search is the first to come up with a pre­cise fig­ure for how much ex­er­cise is ef­fec­tive.

It also showed that time spent on fit­ness is most im­por­tant, not the fre­quency or in­ten­sity.

Dr Joyce Gomes-Os­man, au­thor of the Florida study, says: “We were ex­cited to see that even peo­ple in lower in­ten­sity ex­er­cise pro­grams showed a ben­e­fit to think­ing skills.

“Not ev­ery­one has the en­durance or mo­ti­va­tion to start a mod­er­ate pro­gram but ev­ery­one can ben­e­fit even from a less-in­tense plan.

“Us­ing ex­er­cise to com­bat seden­tary be­hav­iour may also be why think­ing skills im­proved.”

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WORK OUT: One hour a week can boost your brain.

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