|Brains of older adults benefit from exercise (Fotolia) |
Two studies show regular exercise can help boost brain function in older adults.
University of Montreal researchers have found older adults who do aerobic fitness also perform better on cognitive tests. The more active they are, the better they do.
They said the exercise benefits the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the heart.
"We found that older adults whose aortas were in a better condition and who had greater aerobic fitness performed better on a cognitive test," researcher Claudine Gauthier said in a release.
This study follows one last week from the University of Illinois that found older adults who do hatha yoga three times a week experience a boost in working memory. The participants were able to perform memory tasks "quickly and accurately, without getting distracted," the researchers said.
The finders were published in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
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