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More Exercise and Memory

Here’s more evidence about the benefits of as little as 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise for Zoomers.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows it can improve memory in people over 50. Researchers tested people at increased risk of dementia and found those who exercised were more likely to remember things like shopping lists, family birthdays and friends’ names.

The study compared people who did at least two and a half hours of exercise a week with those who were sedentary. It was found that medications approved to aid mental function in Alzheimer’s disease had “no significant effect at 36 months,” but physical activity not only helped cognitive function, but also depression, quality of life and cardiovascular function.

An earlier study of patients with early Alzheimer’s disease found those who exercised regularly experienced less deterioration in the areas of the brain that control memory, based on magnetic resonance imaging.

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