FROM THE LOCKER ROOM – MARCH APRIL 2012 MAGAZINE
A physically fit older person shows fewer age-related changes in the brain, according to research from the University of Arizona. The latest study found a clear relationship between regular exercise and a healthier aging brain.
The brain has over 100 billion cells, and weighs approximately 3lbs, losing 5%-10% of its weight between 20 and 90 years old. The work on brain aging and exercise was presented at this year’s annual Society for Neuroscience meeting.
Research has shown how regular aerobic workouts can help hold off mild cognitive decline. And exercise spurs the growth of new neurons in parts of the brain associated with learning and memory.