Regular exercise improves thinking skills

Researchers in the United States have found that regular aerobic exercise may improve thinking skills in people with cognitive impairment but no dementia | Neurology | via Alzheimer’s Research UK


Researchers looked to see if people who take up aerobic exercise and follow an eating regime known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) over a 6-month period showed improvement in cognitive abilities.

The study participants who were cognitively impaired were split into four groups, those who took up aerobic exercise three times a week, people who kept to the diet plan, those who did both and participants who received only health education.

The volunteers who took up aerobic exercise were found to have improved executive functioning – a set of thinking skills associated with planning and controlling behaviour. This improvement was not seen in people who only took up the DASH diet or just received the health education. There were no significant improvements in memory or language abilities in any of the groups.

Full story at Alzheimer’s Research UK

Article reference: Blumenthal, J. A. et al. | Lifestyle and neurocognition in older adults with cognitive impairments | Neurology | December 2018

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