Exercise trumps brain games to preserve brain health.
Do you think brainstorming activities such as puzzles and solving Sudoku can boost brain health? A study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology disagrees with this notion, suggesting that individuals who exercise more have better brain health.
An assessment of 700 individuals at the University of Edinburgh reported their leisure and physical activity levels at age 70. Moving only for household chores, engaging in physical fitness and playing competitive sport several times per week were considered to figure out the physical activity levels.
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Moreover, the participants also reported their engagement in social and intellectual activities. At age 73, the scientists conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique to measure certain biomarkers to recognise their brain health. It was found that neither intellectual engagement nor social activities help to preserve brain functions.
Also, there was evidence that doing mentally-challenging activities such as puzzles had no real benefit for brain health.
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