Brain Blood Flow Slows When Older Adults Stop Exercising

Senior couple doing their running exercises.Healthy, physically fit older adults who quit exercising for only 10 days were found to have decreased blood flow to parts of the brain responsible for thinking, learning, and memory.

Key takeaways:

  • Endurance training as a form of exercise improves cerebrovascular health with notable benefits to the hippocampus.
  • The hippocampus is vital for roles such as learning and memory. The hippocampus stores memories of time and space.
  • The study revealed that there were significant reductions in resting brain blood flow in eight regions of the brain including the right and left hippocampus.

We know that if you are less physically active, you are more likely to have cognitive problems and dementia as you age. However, we did not find any evidence that cognitive abilities worsened after stopping exercising for just 10 days.

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