Researchers in the US have found that aerobic exercise improves various aspects of brain health in younger adults. The findings are published today (Wednesday 30 January) in the scientific journal Neurology.
Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“Staying physically active has multiple health benefits and while this study didn’t look at people with dementia, it did suggest that aerobic exercise in younger adults can help improve various aspects of brain health. How exactly these findings translate to someone’s dementia risk will require a longer, larger and more extensive study.
“Although the diseases that cause dementia are caused by a complex mix of factors including age and genetics, there is good evidence that lifestyle choices throughout life affect your dementia risk. In addition to staying physically active, not smoking, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, only drinking within recommended guidelines, eating a balanced diet, and staying mentally active are all linked to better brain health as we age.”