Findings, stemming from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, seem to indicate a distinct correlation between physical fitness, maintained in the mid-years, and brain health in the later years. A high degree of aerobic activity leads to better retention of brain volume, critical white matter within the brain, and less overall shrinking of highly important regions of neurological activity. These intriguing correlations are the result of a decade long study, following almost 150 adults, free of disease, and monitoring their physical activity and brain health with exercise equipment and imaging.
- Qu Tian is a gerontology researcher, affiliated with the U.S. National Institute on Aging.
- Tian’s work was instrumental in finding correlations brain volume retention and subjects with high amounts of aerobic activity in the middle years of life.
- Besides following the healthy, older subjects, for many years, the study involved medical imaging and exercise equipment.
“The current findings suggest that maintaining high fitness in midlife may boost brain health on average 20 years later in adults who have not yet experienced cognitive impairment.”