Regular exercise can prevents brain shrinkage
Exercising can nourish the whole body, including the brain. Studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland stated, regular exercise can prevent the wasting of the brain that usually happens when someone has entered old age. That way, the sport pretty well in maintaining mental and social health.
Researchers found that people who exercise or are physically active may still experience brain shrinkage. It’s just according to brain scans of the volunteers, they were just having a small amount of brain shrinkage. In this study involved 638 people aged 70 years and over. They all underwent brain scans using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). One by one structural brain changes observed. Researchers compared the state of the brain of volunteers who diligently exercise and regular mental activity are trained to see the effects on the brain.
In volunteer exercising, they are protected from damage at the base ganglia. As quoted by the BBC, the cortex – the center of human thought – were protected by active physical movement. Brain helped get the nutrients and oxygen in a balanced way. Because exercise helps the blood flow more smoothly and be more oxygen. When the state of the brain than the brains of volunteers who take care of with the mental games, such as chess or puzzle, the result is better exercise for maintaining mental health.
Researchers do not recommend you to do a variety of strenuous exercise to get this benefit. Suggested, one should at least took a quick walk of a few times a week.
The study was published in the journal Neurology.