Train your brain
Studies show physical activity helps prevent cognitive impairment and dementia in older people. Sports physicians at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, examined the effects of a 30-minute exercise bike sesh, three times a week over 12 weeks, on brain metabolism and memory in 60 participants, aged between 65 and 85. Their conclusion? Regular physical activity not only enhances fitness, it also protects brain cells. So what’s the best incidental activity for ageing muscles? Try swimming, water aerobics, walking, cycling or canoeing.