Running Preserves Thinking Skills, Study Shows


Image by Kyle Cassidy | Wikimedia

Image by Kyle Cassidy | Wikimedia

A new study suggests that staying fit and doing cardio exercises during 20s may help brain function in middle age.

 Improving brain in middle age

 Researchers found that better cardiac fitness in young adults may lead to better brain fitness in later life.

This adds to a number of evidence that link heart health with brain functioning.

“Many studies show the benefits to the brain of good heart health,” said lead researcher Dr David Jacobs in a statement. “This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes,” he added.

 Brain power

 Jacobs and his colleagues analyzed data on almost 3,000 healthy men and women with an average age of 25.

Participants underwent treadmill tests and were asked to run for as long as possible. The researchers recorded how long each person could maintain running at their top speed. There were follow-up tests over the next 25 years, measuring participants’ memory and thinking skills.

In general, people who ran for longer performed better on memory tests 25 years on.