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Light Physical Activity Could Keep Brain Healthy & Young, Also Associated With Larger Brain Volume

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. A little exercise is as important to the body as 100 ml water to a thirsty person. According to the new study done, light physical activity during the day is associated with larger brain volume and reduces brain aging. This study was published by ‘JAMA Network Open’.

The researchers discovered that for each additional hour spent in light-intensity physical activity was equivalent to approximately 1.1 years less brain aging. The data is surprising, stop being lazy and get lade of some activity

These results suggest that the threshold of the favorable association for physical activity with brain aging may be at a lower.

“Every additional hour of light intensity physical activity was associated with higher brain volumes, even among individuals not meeting current physical activity -guidelines. These data are consistent with the notion that potential benefits of physical activity on brain aging may accrue at a lower, more achievable level of intensity or volume,” explained Nicole Spartano, a lead author.

“We have just begun to uncover the relationship between physical activity and brain health,” she added further.

Spartano emphasized the need to explore the impact of physical inactivity on brain aging in different race, ethnic, and socio-economic groups. She is leading a team to investigate these patterns at multiple sites all over the country.

Considerable evidence suggests that engaging in regular physical activity may prevent cognitive decline and dementia. However, the specific activity levels optimal for dementia prevention have remained unclear.

Active individuals have lower metabolic and vascular risk factors and these risk factors may explain their propensity for healthy brain aging.

A little Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.