Study reveals further benefits of exercise for cognitive health

Staying active can promote aging longevity in many ways.

As we've referenced countless times on this blog, engaging in regular exercise is essential to promote aging longevity. As well as helping you keep off excess pounds that may increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other grave conditions, research has shown a clear connection between physical activity and mental fortitude. In fact, a new study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health has shed further light on this correlation, providing yet another reason for people in Houston to make time for an early morning jog or a trip to the gym.

According to a university press release, regular exercise at a "moderate intensity" could well be the best remedy yet to ward off the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. The scientists recruited a group of older adults, half of whom had exhibited signs of mild cognitive impairment. Both groups took part in a 12-week program that included walking on a treadmill for a total of 150 minutes per week. The exercise routine was characterized as "moderate intensity" because it increased the heart rate and caused perspiration but participants were still able to converse as they walked.

Over the course of this program, the scientists observed that individuals from both groups displayed a marked improvement in their performance on various memory-based tests, leading the researchers to conclude that physical activity may counter some aspects of cognitive decline. 

"We found that after 12 weeks of being on a moderate exercise program, study participants improved their neural efficiency – basically they were using fewer neural resources to perform the same memory task," said study leader Dr. J. Carson Smith.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that one in eight older Americans suffers from Alzheimer's disease. If you're concerned about this condition, and other medical issues that may threaten your aging longevity, contact our anti-aging doctors today. At Longevity Centres of America, we offer nutritional guidance, hormone pellet implants and other treatments that can help you age gracefully.