yoga, a good jog, even a round of tennis is likely to keep
your mind sharper and more focused, a study conducted by the
University of Miami and Columbia University has found.
attention baby boomers: It’s especially the case if you’re
a senior citizen.
results suggest that moderate to intense exercise may help
older people delay aging in the brain," said the study’s
author Dr. Clinton B. Wright, associate professor of neurology
at the UM Miller School of Medicine.
decade-long study, published in Wednesday’s online issue of
Neurology, looked at more than 1,200 people at first and asked
them about their physical activity in the two weeks leading up
to the interview. Five years later, 876 members of that group
returned and were given memory and thinking tests and an MRI.
Five years later those that returned took the tests again.
finding: The memory and thinking ability of those who did more
physical exercise — runners, bicyclists or swimmers compared
with walkers or gardeners — deteriorated at a much slower
rate than their counterparts.
said Wright and his cohorts, the deterioration meant a person
who does more physical work has the memory and thinking
capacity of someone who is 10 years younger.
is another study that provides more evidence that moderate to
heavy physical activity is good for the brain," said
Wright, the Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory
in Aging. "And it’s probably a good idea to engage in
10-year study took place in the northern end of Manhattan and
the demographic make-up of those who took part matched the
local population. The average age of the participants was 71
when the study began. Sixty percent of them were Hispanic, 20
percent were white and 20 percent were black.
cognitive decline study was funded by the National Institute
of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Health