Looking for a new workout buddy? Go no further than the local nursing home— new research shows that regular moderate to intense exercise could keep older peoples’ brains in tip-top shape.
What’s the Deal?
The study shows that older people who regularly exercise at a moderate or intense level may be less likely to experience “silent strokes,” or small brain lesions that can lead to more advance brain diseases
Is It Legit?
The study looked at a group of about 1,200 people who had never had a stroke. Over a period of 6 years, researchers found that those who exercised at a moderate to intense level (think: cycling, swimming, jogging, intense bingo-ing) were 40% less likely to have silent strokes than those who did no exercise at all, even when taking into account other risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
A little exercise never hurt anyone— and new research shows that it can actually protect you from stroke-like brain damage.