When we think exercise, results like a slimmer waist and leaner legs generally come to mind. But new evidence is suggesting that regular aerobic activity can actually improve brain power in adults over the age of 55.
Researchers in the Netherlands conducted the evaluation of data from multiple clinical trials. According to their report, when generally healthy adults older than 55 improved their fitness level through aerobic activity, there was – on average – an improvement in memory, attention, and other mental facilities as well.
Aerobic exercises, such as brisk walking, have always been praised for their ability to improve cardiovascular health, but this new evidence is suggesting that activities that get the heart rate up and improve endurance can also have cognitive benefits.
While more research is needed to determine exactly what kind of exercises can be beneficial for brain power, people can add cognitive improvements to the already long list of why exercise is good for you.
A smaller butt and a sharper mind? I’m on board! What about you? Does this new info make you want to banish your inner couch potato? Share some ideas with us on how you plan to make your workout routine smarter!