Exercising multiple times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests.

39 studies were reviewed and they found that memory and brain activity was most improved for those that exercised their muscle and their heart. Weight lifting with cardio is a great combination, and this was true for those already showing signs of mental decline. Starting an exercise program at any age is worthwhile.

In a variety of tests on the brain, it was found that aerobic exercise improved cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while weight training had a significant effect on memory and the brain’s ability to plan and organize, the so-called executive functions.

A prominent doctor with one study says that doing 150 minutes of exercise a week decreases the chances of depression and dementia by 1/3, and boost mental health at any age. Doing both aerobic and strengthening exercises leads to a greater variety of many other health benefits.

Of course they also said it was equally important to eat a balanced diet, not smoke, and to only drink in moderation. To sum this up….live a healthy lifestyle if you want to be your best.

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