Are you suffering from depression, forgetting or repeating yourself?
For those interested in fighting against losing their mental faculties, there is a piece of great news!
In a 2010 study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, researchers asked a group of people who were starting to forget things or who were regularly repeating themselves to try an aerobic exercise for 45 to 60 minutes a week for six months. A control group was instructed simply to stretch.
Memory test was performed before and after the study, and the researchers found that in the control (stretching) group, cognitive function continued to decline.
Things were different for the exercising group, however, their brain function didn't only stabilise, it improved, with people answering more test answers correctly after six months than they had done before.
In addition, other studies using MRI scans have found aerobic exercise can reverse age-related shrinkage in the memory centre of the brain.
So, aerobic exercises can help improve cerebral blood flow, increase memory performance and help preserve brain tissue.
"It's just one of many life-lengthening reasons exercise takes such an important place among my daily dozen."
This article is an extract from the Daily Mail, published January 2