Exercise Improves Thinking Skills of People as Young as 20


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 30 January 2019

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Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20,
American Academy of Neurology, January 30, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

“Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs may improve thinking skills not only in older people but in young people as well...”

“...positive effect of exercise on thinking skills may increase as people age.”

Executive Function Improvements
“The specific set of thinking skills that improved with exercise is called executive function. Executive function is a person's ability to regulate their own behavior, pay attention, organize and achieve goals.”

Engage Nature
"As people age, there can be a decline in thinking skills, however our study shows that getting regular exercise may help slow or even prevent such decline."

Clear Results
“Researchers found that aerobic exercise increased thinking skills.”

Why You Should Keep Backpacking
“...the people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60."

For Everyone
“...found an increase in the thickness of the outer layer of the brain in the left frontal area in all those who exercised, suggesting that aerobic exercise contributes to brain fitness at all ages.”

"Our research confirms that exercise can be beneficial to adults of any age."

Memory & Dementia
“...did not find a link between exercise and improved memory skills. However, those with the genetic marker for dementia, the APOE ε4 allele, showed less improvement in thinking skills.”

 

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