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Aerobic and resistance exercise can boost brain power in over 50s, review finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1969 (Published 25 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1969
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

A combination of aerobic and resistance exercises can significantly boost the brain power of people over 50 regardless of cognitive status, a review in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found.1

Physical exercise for older adults is seen as a promising means of maintaining brain health and cognitive abilities. But the evidence for its benefits is inconclusive, largely because of overly restrictive inclusion criteria in the reviews published to date, said researchers from the University of Canberra and the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

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