Individuals physically active from midlife show a reduced later risk of cognitive impairment.

The cognitive benefits of PA are highlighted by epidemiological, neuroimaging and behavioral studies. Epidemiological studies identified PA as an influential lifestyle factor in predicting rates of cognitive decline.   Neuroimaging studies documented attenuation of age-related brain atrophy, and also increase of gray matter and white matter of brain areas, including frontal and temporal lobes. These structural changes are often associated with improved cognitive performance. Importantly, the brain regions that benefit from PA are also those regions that are often reported to be severely affected in dementia.   The beneficial effects of PA may represent an important resource to hinder the cognitive decline associated with aging.   Stretch the brain a little more, research article here 🤸🏾 🧠

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