By: Dean Burnett | Get moving, grandad! Exercise improves brain health in the over 50s | Dean Burnett | Neuroscience | The Guardian
A recent meta-study suggests that regular exercise improves the functioning of the brain in people aged 50 and over. How does that work, and is it even surprising?
A recently-published study has provided strong evidence that regular exercise is very beneficial for the health and functioning of the brain in the over 50s. To many scientists, this is just confirming what we already knew. But for others, this may come as a surprise to hear.
Who can blame them? Crude portrayals and stereotypes from mainstream entertainment, most obviously bawdy American comedies of the 80s, give the impression there is some sort clear divide between enjoying physical or intellectual activities, as if these things are incompatible. They present a world where you can either be a big, lumbering, strong-but-monosyllabic sports star, or a feeble, pasty, asthmatic book-and-gadget-loving genius.