High-Intensity Exercise Connected to the Lower Risk of Dementia

The latest research from McMaster University, Canada, suggests that high-intensity exercise is associated with a lower risk of dementia.High-Intensity Exercise Connected to the Lower Risk of Dementia

For the study, a team of researchers enrolled sedentary seniors in an exercise program and divided them into three groups. Seniors from two groups performed high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT), while the third (control) group performed stretching.

The analysis of the received data showed that only those seniors that performed HIIT had significant improvements in neurogenesis-dependent memory. The participants from two other groups showed no improvement.

Study lead researcher Jennifer J. Heisz, an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence at McMaster University, comments: “The results are promising because they suggest it’s never too late to get the brain health benefits of being physically active, but if you are starting late and want to see results fast, our research suggests you may need to increase the intensity of your exercise.

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