According to a study published in the journal Psychological Medicine Lifelong exercise helps protect your memory and thinking skills (cognitive functioning). Participants were asked to perform cognitive tasks that assessed their memory and executive functioning. It was found that those who exercised regularly as a child and adult – at least once per week – performed better in the tests at the age of 50 than those who didn’t.
As a major public health concern, government officials suggest that in order to preserve cognitive function in later years, adults aged 19-64 should do at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.
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