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Exercise Can Reduce Brain Atrophy

A recent study out of Japan reveals that daily physical activity can prevent age-related brain atrophy. In the study that was recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in December 2012, 381 men and 393 women were followed for eight years. Their daily physical activities and total energy expenditures were recorded with accelerometers. The authors found that physical activity and total energy expenditure are significant predictors of frontal lobe atrophy progression over an eight year period.

This was a very good study that shows that we all need to exercise. It is not only important for maintaining a healthy body weight, heart function, and bone mass but also to keep our brains sharp as we get older.

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