Exercise May Be Beneficial For Aging Brains, Studies Suggest

The New York Times (9/2, Reynolds) “Well” blog summarized several studies indicating that exercise may be beneficial for “aging brains.” For example, a 100-participant study published Aug. 5 in PLoS One revealed that “the most physically active elderly volunteers…had better oxygenation and healthier patterns of brain activity than the more sedentary volunteers — especially in parts of the brain, including the hippocampus, that are known to be involved in improved memory and cognition.” A much larger study, published Aug. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated “some small improvements among the oldest exercising volunteers in their working memory and attention.”

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— “Does Exercise Change Your Brain?,” Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, September 2, 2015.

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