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Cardio Fitness Can Help Keep Your Mind Sharp

April 8, 2014

Regularly engaging in running, cycling, swimming and other cardiovascular exercise during your college years can help preserve thinking abilities down the road when you reach middle age, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.

Researchers calculated the fitness level of 2,747 volunteers with an average age of 25 by having them run the treadmill. The typical subject could maintain their pace for 10 minutes before getting winded. Fast forward 20 years, and the same group got on the treadmill again. Not only did the most fit subjects in the original run test perform better on mental tests years later, but people who had the smallest drop in performance over the 20-year period were more likely to exhibit sharper mental skills in their 40s.

It appears that getting active early on and remaining active into middle age can help you maintain both physical and mental strengths. Read today's Breaking News post at optimumnutrition.com for interesting weight management research focused on sleep patterns.