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Exercise and Older Women

As if we need more evidence about how exercise can benefit Zoomers. An Alberta study suggests being physically fit helps older women stay on top of their mental game.

Researchers from the University of Calgary say they found a clear relationship between physical fitness and cognitive function in healthy women with an average age of 65.

Compared to the sedentary group, those who participated in regular aerobic activity had resting blood pressure that was 10 per cent lower, and scored 10 per cent higher on cognitive skill tests — such as memory, speed of thinking and ability to multi-task.

The scientists say this study proves for the first time that people who are fit have better blood flow to their brain, and that translates into improved cognition.

The bottom line is that they believe this means a simple intervention — exercise — can delay the onset of age-related brain afflictions.

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