Tuesday, April 5, 2011

About The Brain

My friend from the Boerne Health Club, sent me an article recently from the Los Angeles Times (Feb. 2011), "Aerobic Exercise Can Increase Brain Size, Keeping You Mentally Sharp." Researchers at the University of Pittsburg, the University of Illinois, Rice University and Ohio State concluded that aerobic exercise after the span of one year can increase the size of the hippocampus, which is key to memory and spatial navigating regarding adults ages 55-80. To refresh your memory, (no pun intended) the hippocampus is known to shrink in later years which can lead to memory loss. For this study, 120 older adults were recruited. Half of them started a supervised aerobic exercise program and the others did stretching and weight training. At the end of the program, appropriate tests were conducted. Email me if you want details. As the results were gathered, the aerobic group had increased hippocampus volume and the other group had decreased. I'm keeping those aerobic classes and hope you keep coming.