Longevity Tip: Rev Up Your Brain – Exercise

 Build a buff brain with exercise

You’re probably aware of the benefits of exercise on your body — it lowers your risk of heart attack, many types of cancer and age-related injuries. Did you know regular exercise strengthens your brain just as it does your body? Although brain size decreases with age, research has shown that exercise can actually help reverse that — you can start anytime. One study found that physical activity helped participants build measurable increases in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that lets you create and store memories. In another study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment who lifted weights two to three times a week improved muscle tone and cognitive function. It doesn’t take too much: Just walking briskly for 30 to 60 minutes, three to five times a week, contributed to measurable brain improvements.

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