Aerobics can help keep the brain fit

Aerobics can help keep the brain fit

In today's fast-paced world, it can be difficult for people to fit exercise into their busy schedules. However, it is in individuals' best interest to try and fit physical activity in between whatever professional and personal responsibilities they have to contend with, as it may be able to prevent mental deterioration.

A new review from officials at the University of Otago in New Zealand reveals that those who engage in aerobic exercise could end up scoring better on an IQ test, as fitter bodies often translate to fitter minds.

The review, which appears online in the "Psychonomic Bulletin & Review," highlights past research that shows older adults who are in good shape scored better on mental assessments than individuals who did not exercise regularly. Working memory, task switching and selective attention are just a few of the aspects of cognitive function that can be improved with aerobics, according to the authors' findings.

Based on the review, those who wish to keep their minds sharp as they age may want to pay close attention to the authors' conclusion, which is that exercise can provide a simple means of improving brain function.


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