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Sport delays the aging of the mind

Sport delays the aging of the mind

Older people should keep themselves busy all the time and play sports to keep their minds from getting old, BBC News Online reports.

Older people should keep themselves busy all the time and play sports to keep their minds from getting old, BBC News Online reports.
New studies show that in order to keep the brain in good shape, older people need to stay active for as long as possible. A healthy diet, aerobic movement and intellectual activity help maintain a healthy mind, researchers said at a specialized conference in Dublin.
On the other hand, if we are subjected to prolonged stress and social isolation, the brain tends to age. "Neurology researchers have made important discoveries that can help keep our brains at optimal levels of functioning," said Professor Ian Robertson, dean of research at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience.


Robertson emphasized that aerobic exercise is vital to maintaining good brain function even as the body ages.
He showed in a study that people over 60 who have been sporting for more than three years do not show signs of aging in the brain. During another study, subjects obtained improvements in mental activity only four months after starting a moderate physical training.
There are several explanations regarding the connection between physical exercise and mental health. Physical exercises increase the amount of chemicals in the brain that cause it to function better. It also determines the development of new neural connections and the strengthening of blood vessels that nourish and support existing structures. "For those who have passed 50, physical exercise is a kind of miracle drug that makes them more agile and forget less," Robertson said.