Staying active is important no matter what age you are. After the age of 60, though, research has shown sports and other exercise play a significant role in extending our health past retirement. There are numerous ways in which staying active benefits our bodies, and researchers in Germany may have confirmed a new one: Sports help your brain stay healthy while preventing memory loss and may be an important step in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sports and exercise after 60
Scientists cooperating from research institutes throughout Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom studied a group of 40 participants between the ages of 60 and 77 and all in good health at the beginning of the study. The subjects were then split into 2 groups. One group completed muscle relaxation exercises for the next 3 months while the other group regularly exercised on a treadmill.
After 3 months, participants were given extensive cognitive and physical tests, and MRIs were taken of their brains. The results, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, were very interesting.
Researchers found that exercise increased perfusion in the brain. Perfusion refers to how well fluid moves through blood vessels. Our brains require a lot of energy and oxygen to perform, so maintaining a healthy level of perfusion is essential.
Participants were also found to have better memories after undergoing the exercise regimen, suggesting that improved perfusion is also related to improved memory.
Good news today and good news tomorrow
It doesn’t take much exercise to improve your health. Even 5 minutes can be beneficial. However, understanding how exercise helps us allows us to better tailor routines to the goals we have in mind. Growing older means we have new needs, such as maintaining balance and coordination, that require taking specific measures to meet. Olumia Life works in much the same way; we customize and coordinate our Fitness, Nutrition and Sleep plans to meet your needs.
With the recent connection made between blood flow in the brain and improved memory, scientists have taken one more important step to preventing and treating brain illnesses that affect the memory, like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
According to the Professor Emrah Düzel, director of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research at the University of Magdeburg, which lead the study, “This is why we want to understand the effects of physical exercise on the brain and the related neurobiological mechanisms. This is essential for developing treatments that are truly effective.”
Exercise benefits our bodies both in obvious as well as unexpected ways. These connections are evidence of how interconnected all the systems of your body really are. Olumia Life uses proven science and real-world experience to take advantage of how our bodies function to optimize your results and give you the best return possible on your time and effort.
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