1.11.2009

Study: 10% Improvement in Cognitive Scores from Exercise
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Another study has found links between fitness and mental capacity, in addition to the two reports that surfaced at the end of December.

Researchers at the University of Calgary find older women who are more physically fit have better cognitive function.

The study, published in the international journal Neurobiology of Aging, finds that physical fitness helps the brain function at the top of its game because physical activity benefits blood flow in the brain and, as a result, aids cognitive abilities.

"Being sedentary is now considered a risk factor for stroke and dementia," Poulin says in a statement. "This study proves for the first time that people who are fit have better blood flow to their brain. Our findings also show that better blood flow translates into improved cognition."

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