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The brain benefits of aerobic exercise

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The brain benefits of aerobic exercise

The benefits of regular aerobic activity go beyond how you look and feel – they’re also good for your brain.

Public health experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. A recent small study of a unique group of middle-aged people at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease demonstrates why getting exercise is so important – especially as we get older. The study’s participants, who were not previously physically active, were asked to participate in an exercise routine to improve their aerobic fitness over a period of six months. At the end of the time period, brain scans indicated that improvements in aerobic fitness helped slow down brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Also, participants who exercised more performed better on cognitive-function tests than those who didn’t exercise at all.

These results are encouraging because, although there are a number of risk factors for Alzheimer’s that are outside of our control, becoming more physically active can help reduce overall risk. Learn more about this research by reading this TIME magazine article.