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Fight Off the Effects of Aging with An Age Old Secret: Exercise

Looking for the best anti aging secrets? Forget the beauty serum creams and face masks. The best thing you can do for your health that has immediate and long term benefits is cardio. Is that enough workout motivation for you? Read on to unlock the fountain of youth.

In a study published by the American Academy of Neurology, researchers investigated the benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), or cardiovascular exercise, and cognitive function. Following a sample population that included black and white men and women from the ages of 18 to 30, they were initially tested using the maximal treadmill test and also evaluated cognitively for their verbal memory via the RAVLT exam, psychomotor speed function through the DSST test, and executive function by the Stroop Test. They were evaluated over the span of twenty five years. Their findings demonstrated people who regularly exercised and had better cardiorespiratory fitness performed well on verbal memory and faster psychomotor speed twenty five years later. Other research support the belief that working out will help prolong aging and cognitive minds.

A study published on the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, researchers clarified the link between leg strength and brain function. Leg strength has commonly been the indicator of strength and fitness, as exercises such as squats, agility ladder, running, or even other exercises to increase vertical jump are all measurable that demonstrate the effectiveness of a person’s workout. People who had stronger leg muscles were more mobile in their older ages. To prove stronger legs equated to sharper minds, researchers followed twins over their lifetime. The reason for this was to provide a controlled population, because twins were more likely to exhibit similar genes and be raised in a similar environment, thus emphasizing lifestyle and exercise habits as the modifiable factors.

The findings from the study found a relationship in leg power and cognitive change. The study showed that a twin with a more powerful group of leg muscle performed approximately eighteen percent better on cognitive and memory tests and scans of the brain using imaging devices showed more brain volume and fewer empty spaces in the brain. Researchers conclude that improving leg power in the long term might help for a healthy aging of the brain.

So now that you are up to date on the latest research on exercise and its health benefits, get up off your bottom and do something. You are not only increasing your sexiness factor in the immediate, but also making sure you won’t be a vegetable down the road. As always, consult a medical professional prior to engaging in any new diet or exercise regime.



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