by Medindia Content Team on  August 12, 2006 at 9:36 AM Mental Health News
Exercise: A Good Way to Keep Dementia at Bay
Cognitive abilities show a tendency of waning as we age, but this can be offset with exercise and physical activity say researchers.

The positive influence of exercise on cognitive abilities, as we catch up with age is a fact most often substantiated by scientists, who also say that even moderate physical activity twice a week helps in reducing the chances of dementia in later life.

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While some studies have shown remarkable benefits in offsetting neurodegenerative disorders, statistics from 18 studies have indicated the significant benefits of fitness training on many functions like planning , multi-tasking, memory etc, which has a tendency to wane as a person ages. Researchers went on to say how exercise is beneficial to all, the young and the old, as a way to retard the onset of brain degenerative disorders, for which even small periods of exercises show remarkable improvements in brain volume that is known to decrease as we age.

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