Exercise Regularly to Fight Memory Loss

| 7/21/2011 11:01:23 AM

J.PattonNew research is suggesting that if you want a sharp memory as you enter your golden years, get moving!

Researchers at Harvard Medical School studied the effect that physical activity had on the rate of mental decline in about 2,800 women 65 and older. Participants reported how often and how vigorously they exercised. The participants who exercised the most had considerably lower rates of memory lapses than those who were not active on a regular basis.

Another study that involved both men and women around the age of 75 found similar results. Only 2 percent of participants who exercised regularly suffered memory lapses.

So how much exercise should you be getting as you get older? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following for adults 65 or older with no existing health conditions:

• 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or riding a bike, every week.
• Muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days of the week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, shoulders, and arms.

Riding your bike a few days a week may help prevent memory loss as you age.
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