Use it or lose they tell us. Well, according to a new study on aging and the brain, that may hold true for your grey matter. The study found that people who engaged in activities like reading, writing and other mentally stimulating activities had fewer issues as they aged.
“Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person’s lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age,” said the study’s lead author, Robert Wilson.
So should you put down the basketball and pick up a book? Not necessarily. Other studies have shown that staying physically healthy through regular exercise also helps your mind as you age, so the best advice would be to keep exercising all your muscles, including your brain.
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