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Aerobic Exercise Improves Mental Fitness

menA review of several studies on improving the health of individuals over the age of 55 concludes that aerobic exercise does more than just benefit the cardiovascular system.

Researchers discovered the exercise format improves how fast you can think, manual dexterity and how well you can concentrate on visual and auditory tasks.

This conclusion was drawn after Cochrane Researchers identified 11 studies that examined the effects of getting healthy people over the age of 55 to take on additional physical exercise. In these studies, participants showed an increase in at least one aspect of cognitive function.

“This benefit adds to the other known benefits of aerobic exercise,” says lead researcher Maaike Angevaren, who works in the Research Group Lifestyle and Health at the University of Applied Sciences, in Utrecht, Netherlands.

“Larger studies are still required to confirm whether the aerobic training component is necessary, or whether the same can be achieved with any type of physical exercise,” says Angevaren.

Source: Wiley-Blackwell

Aerobic Exercise Improves Mental Fitness

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Aerobic Exercise Improves Mental Fitness. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/04/16/aerobic-exercise-improves-mental-fitness/2156.html

 

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