Midlife exercise may be linked to better cognition in old age

Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 17:29:09-04

Midlife physical activity linked to better cognition in old age, study says. A new study shows exercise during midlife can help protect cognitive function later in life.

There are so many benefits to exercise and this study is another reason why we need to make it a regular part of a healthy lifestyle.  

Twenty-five years ago in Finland, over 3,000 twins around 49 years of age were questioned about their physical activity. Researchers followed up and found those who took part in vigorous physical activity during midlife had a reduced risk of cognitive decline.

The study didn’t reveal how much exercise the participants did. As a general goal, I’d recommend to aim for 30 minutes of physical activity every day.  

Increase in blood flow from exercising can help protect the brain’s ability to function properly.  

Moderate vigorous activity typically means more strenuous than just walking. To help you understand, here are my prescriptions:

Partha’s RX
1. On 0-10 scale, Moderate-Intensity Activity is a 5 or 6
You should be able to talk but not sing your favorite song.

2. On 0-10 scale, Vigorous-Intensity Activity is a 7 or 8
Your heart rate will increase and you shouldn’t be able to say more than a few words.

3. Exercise at a Level that is Right for You
Everyone’s fitness level is different.  Walking may feel like moderate exercise to one person while aerobics is moderate for someone else.

4. Choose Activities That You Enjoy
You’ll be more likely to stick with them and reap the numerous benefits that regular and long-term exercise provides.

For most adults with a chronic condition like heart disease, arthritis or diabetes, regular exercise can improve the quality of your life. But, be sure to talk to your doctor to find out what types and amounts that’ll work best for you.