We have often been told of the benefits of physical exercise on our health, but studies show that exercise also benefits our cognitive health. A recent study done revealed that individuals who were at high levels of physical fitness in middle age reduced their risk of developing dementia later in life by 90%.
Even though this study was small and only worked with women, it still supports the idea that fitness is linked to improved brain health. As we grow older, it is much harder to maintain fitness in our everyday lives, and often seniors will opt out of exercising at all. This doesn't necessarily need to happen; there are plenty of different ways to maintain physical health. Aerobic exercise, flexibility and balance exercise, and resistance training are great ways to continue physical exercise while improving brain health.
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