Diana Kelly Levey

The Brain Benefits of Exercise

June 20, 2015 | Categories:

Being active now can help you keep moving strong in your senior years. A recent study compared brain structures of physically active identical twins in their mid-30s with those who were sedentary. Researchers found the exercisers had larger striatal and prefrontal cortex gray matter volumes in their brains—regions that are heavily involved in motor-control networks. Improvements in these areas may have long-term health benefits, such as a reduced risk of falling and mobility limitations in old age.

(This article first appeared in the HEALTH section of the May/June issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers.)

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