Want to Boost Your Memory? Remember to Exercise
Exercising just two times a week could help improve memory and thinking in adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to new guidelines published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Mild cognitive impairment is an intermediate stage of impaired cognitive ability – between the cognitive decline associated with normal aging and the more serious cognitive decline of dementia. Symptoms of MCI, which include problems with memory, language and thinking skills, and judgment, usually do not interfere significantly with daily life, but the condition can sometimes progress to dementia.
After reviewing available studies on the effects of exercise on MCI, the researchers determined that aerobic physical activities like brisk walking, twice a week, can be an important part of overall symptom management. Regular exercise may even delay the onset or slow the progression of cognitive decline associated with aging.