It is generally accepted that exercise slows the aging process of the body, but a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology showed that exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging. People who report light to no exercise experienced a decline equal to 10 more years of aging as compared to people who reported moderate to intense exercise, according to a population-based observational study.
The significant decline in mental function was seen in study participants who reported completing only light exercise (yoga, walking) or no exercise, compared to those who engaged in calisthenics or aerobics, with this difference also remaining after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect brain health, such as smoking, alcohol use, high blood pressure and body mass index.
It is yet another reason for why we should keep active. Click on the picture below for more information regarding the study.