Research suggests that senior citizens benefit mentally from exercise

  • Last updated Mar 22, 2017 at 9:22PM | Published on Apr 2, 2013
  • Richard Reich
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If you’re an older American who has been considering a more active lifestyle, there might be some scientific research that backs up your newfound enthusiasm for exercise. According to a study released by the University of California, San Francisco, folks who undertake at least a moderate workout regimen, paired with mental fitness exercises, may benefit from sustained cognitive abilities as they age.

WebMD published the findings from the report, which was released in JAMA Internal Medicine, an industry journal. Researchers involved with the project were aided by 126 older men and women who had prior histories of low levels of exercise. Over the course of several weeks, one group of participants exercised, and everyone took part in mentally stimulating tasks like puzzles and memory games.

The findings suggest that those who worked out at least several times a week did better on the thinking tasks, hinting at a correlation between bodily fitness and memory retention. Dr. Richard Isaacson, who did not take part in the initiative, told the source in an interview that the study builds on previous discoveries in this area of medicine.

“You don’t have to run a marathon to be fit, and you don’t have to become fluent in a foreign language to remain sharp as you age,” he said simply.

There are a number of ways that older Americans can exercise, especially with the winter months finally ending. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle offers a number of benefits, such as lower rates on life insurance policies, which are helpful plans that provide financial coverage for a person’s loved ones in the event that something should happen to them. Those interested should visit today to learn more about online life insurance quotes.

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