Exercise prevents senile problemsPhysical exercise improves mental capabilities not only of older people but also of young adults, which also prevents senile problems, according to a study published today by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).
Research has shown that regular aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling, or stair climbing can improve the ability to think young people at the age of 20.
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As people become older, they reduce thinking abilities, "said Yaakov Stern, author of the study and professor at Columbia University in New York.
However, Stern said the study "shows that regular exercise can help reduce or even reduce such reduction".
"We found that all practitioners who did not only showed improvements in executive functions, but also increased the thickness of the external brain," said SAN, an AAN member.
It was published today in the scientific journal Neurology, and the study was followed by six months for 132 people between the ages of 20 and 67, "non-smokers and without dementia", but who did not practice at the beginning of the investigation.
The group who performed the aerobic exercise showed the best mental results, improving their scores in executive function estimates by 0.5 points, compared to 0.25 points out of those who stretched and toned.
"Since the difference of 0.5 in the standard deviation is equal to 20 years of age in performance, the people who did the exercises performed the tests as if they were about 10 years younger at the age of 40 and about 20 years older. Young at age 60 years, "the author said.
Our research confirms that exercise can be useful for adults of any age, "Stern concluded.
The report recommends a similar study with a much larger population and extension to obtain more detailed information on improving mental skills.