Middle age is when we really start to see noticeable changes in our body, some not welcome in the slightest. Our joints, muscles, hearing, eyesight and the like start to deteriorate slowly, leaving us not as nimble as we once were. In many cases, the lifestyle led in our younger years comes back to haunt us as we age. Stiffness, bone and joint pain can all be traced back to the days of living recklessly. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case according to recent studies.
Keeping active and having a well balanced diet in your early twenties has been proven to help slow down the onset of age related illnesses and other ailments that come with aging. Research in the journal Neurology shows that regularly engaging in cardio exercise in young adulthood could potentially protect your memory and cognitive health decades down the road.
The health benefits to the brain have been well researched in regards to how exercise affects its function, but now these new tests reveal that it also helps the way in which it ages and functions down the line in life. Cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming or biking can help the development of the brain as well as preserve it well into middle age.
Extensive tests have examined the association between cardiovascular fitness and performance on cognitive tests in 2,747 healthy people. Researchers did find an association between increased performance on the cardiovascular fitness test in young adulthood and improved memory in middle age. For every extra minute a person was able to stay on the treadmill during the first treadmill test, the better they performed on the cognitive test in middle age. Plus, for people who had smaller differences in the time they lasted on the treadmill from young adulthood to middle age, their performances on the cognitive tests in middle age were better, compared with people who had bigger differences. Staying active in young adulthood and childhood is also closely associated with higher scores on mental tests at age 50.
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