Aerobic exercise could improve memory and prevent cognitive decline in older people, a new study has found.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois found that the memory section of the brain, the hippocampus, increased in size in seniors who took brisk walks for a year.
The study looked at two groups in the 55-80 age group, one of which walked for 40 minute per day, three days a week and others that did stretching and toning exercises.
In the stretching and toning group, the hippocampus reduced in size as is common in older people, whereas those in the aerobic group saw growth of the brain region, which was directly linked to improvements in memory.
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