Even a Little Activity Keeps Aging Brains From Shrinking, Study Shows

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Take a walk, weed your garden, go for a swim or dance — it could keep your brain from shrinking as you age, a new study suggests.

Being physically active may keep your brain four years younger than the rest of you, which might help prevent or slow the progression of dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say.

“We recently published a paper using information of both current and past physical activity and found they both are associated with lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Yian Gu, an assistant professor of neurological sciences at Columbia University in New York City. “The current study is a step further to show that physical activity is also protective against brain volume loss.”

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