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Comparing the Brain Benefits of Physical and Mental Exercise

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise and mental exercise are both beneficial for the brain. Each can improve brain functions and decrease risks of cognitive decline over time. This raises the question of their comparative and combined effects: Is one better than the other? Are their benefits additive? A recent study suggests that their benefits are equivalent and not additive. However the results seem as inconclusive as the results of the few other studies that have tried to answer these questions so far. Continue reading

Lifelong Exercise Boosts Memory at 50

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise is key to fight many health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases. In the recent years it has also been shown to help fight against cognitive decline. A new study shows that lifelong exercise, starting as early as 11, contributes to better mental functions in mid-adulthood. Continue reading

Exercise to Slow Down Aging

By Dr. Christopher Thomas

Most adults do not get enough physical exercise. Sedentary adults see their risks of disease increase as much as smokers do. Regular exercise is key to a better health and quality of life: It can indeed increase life span by 3 to 5 years. Importantly, the benefits one may get from a healthy diet and good stress management may be lost without regular physical activity as well. Here is how exercise helps us live better: Continue reading

Physical Activity Boosts Memory, Immediatly

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

It has become quite clear that physical exercise is an essential part of a brain-healthy lifestyle. Over the long term it helps both preserve the volume of gray matter in the brain and maintain cognitive functions.  A recently published study goes further and shows for the first time that physical activity can have immediate positive effects on memory. Continue reading

Walking to Keep the Brain Healthy

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

As reported recently, simple mental activities such as reading and writing can help preserve brain health.
Now another study shows that a simple physical activity like walking can do just the same. Continue reading

Combining Exercise and Fruit to Live Longer

By Kate Marie

Recent findings show that older women who exercise on a regular basis and eat good amounts of fruits and vegetables live longer.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, was designed to look at physical disability in older women. Researchers studied 713 women who were between 70 and 79 year old. Continue reading

Weight Training Boosts Brain Functions

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise triggers the growth of both brain cells and new connections between them. Until now, aerobic exercise was the kind of exercise mostly studied. It is has been shown to boost cognitive functions and is associated with lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. A new study shows that weight training may also be protective. Continue reading

Everyday Physical Activity Reduces Alzheimer’s Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise is beneficial for the brain. It helps spur the growth of new connections between brain cells. Exercise is also associated with lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. A new study suggests that in older adults this is true even for the physical activity triggered by common everyday actions such as gardening and cooking. Continue reading

Stay Physically Fit to Delay Brain Aging

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Walking, jogging, swimming, taking an aerobic class, all these obviously contribute to the good health of your body. Did you know that these could also help your brain stay healthy longer? Results presented recently at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., suggest that physically fit older men and women show fewer age-related changes in their brain than their less fit counterparts. Continue reading

Exercise to Protect your Brain from Silent Strokes

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Silent strokes increase both the chances of a future major stroke and the risks of cognitive decline and dementia. It is thus good to learn that physical exercise may help protect the brain from silent strokes. Continue reading