Exercise keeps dementia at bay: Running and walking ‘significantly’ boosts brain power
Running, walking, yoga and tai chi have all been shown to “significantly” boost brain power in the over 50s.But experts say almost any exercise leaving you breathless helps with the benefits evident irrespective of the current state of someone’s brain health.
Research by a team of respected Australian scientists confirm what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.
The team behind the remarkable findings said evidence was strong enough to recommend prescribing certain exercises to improve cognitive function.
Professor Joseph Northey, of the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise, said: “The findings suggest an exercise programme with components of both aerobic and resistance-type training, of at least moderate intensity and at least 45 minutes per session, on as many days of the week as possible, is beneficial to cognitive function in adults aged over 50.”