Brain or muscles, which do we lose first?

a healthy brain helps you keep physically fit
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From the age of 50, there is a gradual decline not just in physical activity but also in cognitive abilities. The two are correlated, but which of them influences the other? An extensive longitudinal study has some surprising answers. Does physical activity impact on the brain or is it the other way around? The literature in … Read more

Midlife physical activity linked to better brain health later in life

midlife exercise improves brain health
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Keep up those gym visits and evening jogs and zumba classes: A long-term study of twins finds that moderately vigorous physical activity could lead to better cognition at old age. A 25-year follow-up study of 3050 twins from the Finnish Twin Cohort has shown that midlife, moderately vigorous physical activity—more strenuous than walking —is associated … Read more