Young adults who run or participate in other cardio fitness activities may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age, according to a new study published in the April 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Middle age was defined as ages 43 to 55.
“Many studies show the benefits to the brain of good heart health,” said study author David R. Jacobs, Jr, PhD, with the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “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.”
Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of how well your body transports oxygen to your muscles, and how well your muscles are able to absorb the oxygen during exercise.
For the study, 2,747 healthy people with an average age of 25 underwent treadmill tests the first year of the study and then again 20 years later. Cognitive tests taken 25 years after the start of the study measured verbal memory, psychomotor speed (the relationship between thinking skills and physical movement) and executive function.
For the treadmill test, which was similar to a cardiovascular stress test, participants walked or ran as the speed and incline increased until they could not continue or had symptoms such as shortness of breath. At the first test, participants lasted an average of 10 minutes on the treadmill. Twenty years later, that number decreased by an average of 2.9 minutes. For every additional minute people completed on the treadmill at the first test, they recalled 0.12 more words correctly on the memory test of 15 words and correctly replaced 0.92 more numbers with meaningless symbols in the test of psychomotor speed 25 years later, even after adjusting for other factors such as smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol.
People who had smaller decreases in their time completed on the treadmill test 20 years later were more likely to perform better on the executive function test than those who had bigger decreases. Specifically, they were better able to correctly state ink color (for example, for the word “yellow” written in green ink, the correct answer was “green”).
“These changes were significant, and while they may be modest, they were larger than the effect from one year of aging,” Jacobs said. “Other studies in older individuals have shown that these tests are among the strongest predictors of developing dementia in the future. One study showed that every additional word remembered on the memory test was associated with an 18-percent decrease in the risk of developing dementia after 10 years.”
“These findings are likely to help us earlier identify and consequently prevent or treat those at high risk of developing dementia,” Jacobs said.
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<p>Question by Faith & Misery: Too lazy to exercise..?
It’s 3 weeks or so until the end of the holidays for me and I haven’t been exercising for 5 weeks. I tried to exercise and found myself off the exercise bike in seconds, because I found it boring and wanted to do other things. How can I bring myself to doing it?
lol thanks, I usually listen to music, but than that sometimes distracts me from going full speed. I don’t have a real bike (well I do, but it’s too small) and I wouldn’t be able to pedal at the speed I do on the exercise bike without risking my life.
Answer by Ruth K
Exercise doesn’t have to be boring!
You can always use the exercise bike while listening to music. If you focus on the music, you’ll spend longer exercising.
Or find a sport that you love playing, and join a team. If you like dancing, find a local club or buy a DVD to try in your own home. There any many ways to exercise, and none of them are boring. Look around at exercise DVDs and you’ll find something that suits you!
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Jeff im a big fan ,watched almost all ur videos
I have a question can u do a video showing the right exercises and tips for
doing the human flag?
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your chest got bigger!
Best for what? Getting bitch tits? Water retention? Acne outbreaks? Clarify.
You’ve been tanning? Looking solid
TheResolvingProject is retarded to say the least….. OMG sweat? Really?
Did you warp here from the 70’s when they believed vibration caused fat
lose with the motorized belts?
13 people are jealous that they’ll never have such a great body
okk I´d never come up w this exercise by myself! nice
Oh wow! Definitely gonna run it through a 2nd time before AX2. Goal 2nd
time through is to score elite or better come challenge week.
You have phenomenal videos and information, I am a paramedic and vol fire
fighter and try to apply your techniques to my workouts. Especially my home
gym setup using bands and many body weight workouts. Keep up the good work
and continue to promote FUNCTIONAL exercises! Thanks!
3rd Jeff you are the man!
Why don’t you do one video in which you only use home equipment (like in
this video) and one video for the gym, if you are planning to do 2 videos
Just finished week 7 of AX 1, cant wait till i graduate to AX2, though I
think ill do Xero for some extra prep.
make everything else that you do boring
ride a real bike – outside
Take something away from yourself, something you love more than you hate exercise, until your daily regiment is complete. On Dr. Phil recently he had a woman agree to not getting out of her pj’s or brushing her hair and teeth until she flossed everyday. That was her resolution for years, but she could never stick to it. I thought his idea was good, but you do have to be self motivated and have some disipline, and it’s tough, but you just have to find the right carrot to dangle in front of your own nose.