Exercise shown to reverse mild cognitive impairment.
If you or anyone you know is currently starting to suffer from cognitive decline—starting to forget things, starting to repeat things—there is some exciting new research published this year. This year, they took folks with mild cognitive impairment and had them exercise 30 minutes a day for 6 months, versus a control group that just, stretched for half an hour every day instead of exercised.
Here’s the data… They did this test of cognitive performance at the beginning and then repeated it at the end of the 6 months. As you can see in that six month period those not exercising—just stretching—continued to decline. At the end of six months, both men and women got fewer correct answers then they did when they started. Now what they were hoping for is that by adding exercise they could slow down this decline. So if instead of just stretching every day, if they were doing aerobic exercise, getting some blood to their brain, maybe they’d only decline half as much, or ideally, not decline at all—stay the same, have zero fewer correct answers. But this is what they found instead. The cognitive decline reversed—they actually did better at the end of six months than when they started. Drugs can’t do that; exercise can.
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