Exercise your brain and body for a long life

Exercise your brain and body for a long life

April 22, 2018 In Comment, Evvoke Skincare By Maria Rampa No comment

Being active – both physically and mentally – can lead to healthy ageing – devoid of the diseases we have come to believe are inevitable. Recent research has revealed just how important this is for a long life!

US scientists at Columbia University have found that healthy elderly people have just as much capacity to grow new brain cells as young people. Researchers counted the number of new cells growing in the brain of healthy people aged 14 to 79 and found that 700 new cells were created every day – regardless of age. However, staying active, maintaining social connections, learning and having a balanced diet are vital to keeping brains healthy.

Lead author and Associate Professor of Neurobiology at Columbia University, Maura Boldrini, said “…older people have a similar ability to make thousands of…new neurons…as younger people do.”

Increasing daily exercise improves health

In a study by the University of Queensland, the University of Cambridge and QUT, it was found that increasing daily exercise could reduce heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, breast cancer and diabetes in adults.

Results from the study, conducted through the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities, are being used to inform state and local targets to increase active travel.

“In Australia, 57 per cent of adults do not meet national physical activity guidelines, but we found that investing in active travel is a feasible strategy for improving population health,” said School of Public Health PhD candidate Belen Zapata-Diomedi.

“We found that increasing active travel would reduce cases of heart disease by 45,000 and type 2 diabetes by 90,000 over the lifetime of adults living in Brisbane in 2013,” she said.

Figures showed stroke (14,000 fewer cases), colon cancer (20,000) and breast cancer (13,000) would also be significantly reduced.

This should be all the evidence we need to ensure we keep active, eat well and look after our minds and bodies.

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