HEALTH: Aerobics, resistance training and tai chi can boost brain health in the elderly
A combination of both aerobics and resistance exercise can significantly boost brain power in people aged over 50, claims a new review.Carried out by researchers from the University of Canberra, Australia, the new research is the most comprehensive review of the available evidence to date, with the team looking at 39 studies published up to the end of 2016.
The results showed that aerobic exercise significantly improved cognitive abilities, with resistance training having a significant effect on executive function, memory, and working memory.For those wondering how much they need to do, the team found that a session lasting between 45 and 60 minutes, of moderate to vigorous intensity, and of any frequency, had a positive effect on cognitive function.
In addition, these positive effects were seen no matter what the current state of the participant’s brain health.
Cognitive abilities assessed in the review included overall brain capacity, attention, executive function (mental process which help achieve goals), memory, and working memory (processing information in the short-term).
The team also found that tai chi helped improved cognitive abilities, supporting previous findings.