February 27, 2016

Q: Are there exercises to ward off dementia?

I am 66 years old and exercise three to four times a week. How much more or what kind of exercise should I do in addition to cardio to maintain brain health and ward off dementia?

A:

You might want to add several weight-training sessions every week. Endurance exercise is undoubtedly good for the brain, with studies in lab animals showing that moderate aerobic exercise, the equivalent of jogging, doubles or even triples the number of new neurons in the brain’s memory center, compared with the brains of sedentary animals. So keep up the cardio training.

 

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