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Exercising twice a month from childhood can improve brain function

12th March 2013

Researchers have said that people who took regular exercise from the age of 11 performed better in memory and learning tests at the age of 55.


More than 9,000 people participated in the study, which showed those who exercised three or four times a month from the age of 11 did better in tests than those who did not exercise regularly.

Study leader Dr Alex Dregan, from King's College London, said: ''As exercise represents a key component of lifestyle interventions to prevent cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, public health interventions to promote lifelong exercise have the potential to reduce the personal and social burden associated with these conditions in late adult years.''

Dr Dregan said intense exercise appeared to provide greater benefits and added: "Clinical trials are required to further explore the benefits of exercise for cognitive well-being among older adults, whilst examining the effects of exercise with varying levels of frequency and intensity." 

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