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ANI / The Hindu / WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011.
Brisk morning walkers at Thiruvanmiyur beach, Chennai. File photo - The Hindu.
Two studies have indicated that engaging in regular physical activity is associated with a lesser decline in cognitive function in older adults.
In one article, Marie-Noel Vercambre, from the Foundation of Public Health, Mutuelle Generale de l’Education Nationale, Paris, and colleagues examined data from the Women’s Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study, which included women who had either prevalent vascular disease or three or more coronary risk factors.
The researchers analyzed data to correlate cognitive score changes with total physical activity and energy expenditure from walking. As the participants’ energy expenditure increased, the rate of cognitive decline decreased. The amount of exercise equivalent to a brisk, 30-minute walk every day was associated with lower risk of cognitive impairment.
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