Exercise may help you keep sense of smell
As we age our senses are dulled, including our sense of smell. Studies have found 25 percent of people older than 53 have impaired smell. But new findings, published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, suggest a correlation between regular exercise and lowering the risk of losing your smelling ability.
In the study, 1,600 people ages 53 to 97, whose noses worked fine, were monitored for 10 years. They smelled eight different odors three times over the decade period. Participants also reported their exercise habits throughout. While 28 percent of people had a decline in their smelling capabilities, researchers found that people who worked up a sweat at least once a week had a lower chance of losing their sense of smell.
Why did this happen? Researchers aren’t exactly sure, but they assume the overall health and cognitive benefits of exercise may play a role, along with the healthier lifestyle that often accompanies a regular exercise routine.