Light Exercises Boosts Brain Intelligence in Elderly People


The benefits of regular exercise not only provides freshness to the body and increase endurance. Exercise also gives a magical effect for brain health. It provides protection against brain shrinkage associated with the sharpness of memory and thinking ability. It shows the benefits of exercise for the brain.

A research conducted by a team of researchers in Scotland, studied the productivity of the brain in 638 people born in 1936. Practically their current age is 76 years old. At the age of 73 years, the study participants underwent MRI brain scans, they were also asked to provide details of their usual physical activities, including exercising.

During three years of observation, those who exercise regularly are shown to have a smaller brain shrinkage compared with those who never exercise at all.

“These people in their 70s do exercise regularly. Walk several times a week. Their study results showed very little shrinkage, and other signs of aging brain are also small,” said Alan Gow, researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Gow also stated that these findings are also a recommendation. “This study shows that regular exercise in old age is very important to protect the brain as we age,” said Gow.

Not only walking, you can also incorporate physical exercise such as stretching and cycling, to benefit brain function.

Previous research has also said that in elderly people, the brain region linked with memory is prone to shrinkage. Part of the brain, the hippocampus, will grow back after physical activity. This development will also improve memory function.