Exercise prevents senile problemsPhysical exercise improves mental abilities not only of older people but also of young adults who also prevent senile problems, according to a study published today by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN, English).
Research has found that regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs, can improve the mindset of young people from the age of 20.
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As people age, there is a decline in thoughts, "said Yaakov Stern, author of the study and professor at Columbia University in New York.
Stern, however, said the study "shows that regular exercise can help reduce or even prevent these drops."
"We found that all participants who practiced not only showed improvements in performance but also increased the thickness of the outer layer of the brain," said SAN, AAN member.
Published today in the journal Neurology, the study has seen 132 people between 20 and 67 years of age, "non-smokers and without dementia" for six months, but they did not initiate the investigation.
The group that performed aerobic exercise presented the best mental health outcomes, improved the scores of the performance evaluation by 0.5 points, compared to 0.25 points from those who performed stretching and toning.
"Given that the difference of 0.5 in the standard deviation is equal to 20 years in performance, people who performed the tests as if they were 10 years younger at the age of 40 and 20 years older." Young people aged 60 , "the author said.
Our research confirms that exercise can be beneficial for adults at any age, "concluded Stern.
The report recommended a similar study with much larger populations and extensions to get more detailed information on improving mental skills.