Regular Aerobic Exercise in Midlife Protects the Aging Brain


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In recent years, countless studies have identified extensive neuroprotective benefits associated with aerobic exercise, cardiorespiratory fitness, and the aging brain. Previous research has found that older adults who exercise regularly have increased brain volume in the hippocampus and cerebellum, perform better on memory tasks, and have a lower risk of dementia when compared to older, sedentary adults with low cardiorespiratory fitness.

Today, at the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) presented more cutting-edge empirical evidence illustrating unique ways that regular aerobic exercise during middle age can protect the aging brain.

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