Aerobic exercise can increase brain size, keeping you mentally sharp – Los Angeles Times (CA) – By Eryn Brown – (Monday, January 31, 2011)

by drsjbecker on February 2, 2011

Another reason to follow through with that New Year’s resolution: Aerobic exercise keeps the aging brain — as well as the aging body — in fighting form. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, Rice University and Ohio State showed that a program of aerobic exercise, over the course of a year, can increase the size of the hippocampus — a part of the brain key to memory and spatial navigation — in adults ages 55 to 80.

The hippocampus is known to shrink in late adulthood, leading to memory impairment.

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