Physical activity is good for both the body and mind. Indeed, doctors have long known that exercise improves thinking and slows the rate of cognitive decline, particularly among older adults. But what kind — and how much — exercise is needed to achieve a healthier brain?
The answer seems to be just about any kind of exercise that gets you moving, as long as you stay with it, according to an international study published yesterday (May 30) in the journal Neurology Clinical Practice.
Walking, running, weight training, yoga or tai chi … it’s all good, provided you do it a few times a week for at least 52 hours over the course of six months or so. A key finding in the study was that the exercise doesn’t need to take place within a set number of hours per day or week.