Well-Researched: Exercise and Mental Health

6 Jul

Reported in today’s edition of the New York Times: “People who are physically active appear to be at lower risk for cognitive impairment late in life, and for women, a new study suggests, physical activity during the teenage years may provide the greatest benefit.” The study sample was comprised of women, so take the results with a grain of salt if you are one of the other 49% of the population (males). “Researchers concluded that physical activity during the teenage years was associated with a 35 percent lower risk for cognitive impairment later in life.”

Supporting Research on Aging and Maintaining Mental, Physical Health

  • Physical Activity Over the Life Course and Its Association with Cognitive Performance and Impairment in Old Age
    • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  • Prevention of Dementia: Focus on Lifestyle 
    • International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 
  •  Debunking the Myths Surrounding Exercise and Older Individuals
    • 2010 New Directions in American Health Care Conference

Later this week I will be dedicating a post on the importance of mental health, which also captures the realm of cognitive impairment. 

Check back later today/tonight – I’ll have more time to summarize the findings from  the following recently posted research areas and if/how they apply to your life! Additionally I’m throwing the results of these two research reports in just for fun :)

  • Coffee Drinking and Cardiovascular Health:  Mostly Good News
    • Journal of the American Association of Integrative Medicine
  • Health Choices and Heightened Awareness: The Art of the Nudge!!
    • Holistic Nursing Practice

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