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Just doing a little “brain building” at the gym.

Aerobic ExerciseCan IncreaseBrain Size

brains in the area of the hippocampus. This is the area of the brain that’s crucial for memory and spatial navigation, two things aging people are most concerned about being compromised as the years pile up.

S Pounds ofDeath

With every lump of blubber, you shorten your life, according to the National Institutes of Health. Their study found that your risk of death increases 31%with every five-point increase in the body-mass index (BMI).Here are the NIH’s exact calculations, according to The New England Journal ofMedicine.

 ABMI of 25.0to 29.9 increased death risk by 13%.  ABMI of 30.0to 34.9 increased death risk by44%.  ABMI of 35.0to 39.9 increased death risk by88%.  ABMI of40.0to49.9 increased death risk by 251%.


That’s the percentage of regular exercisers who prefer to work out alone, according to a survey performed by exercise-equipment maker Life Fitness.Overall,women were more open to the idea of having training partners than men were.


cientists showed that adults ages 55–80 who engaged in a single year of aerobic exercise increased the size of their

According to the researchers, “Starting an exercise regimen later in life is not futile for either enhancing cognition or augmenting brain volume.” The study was done by scien- tists at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, Rice University and Ohio State, and was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

AGECREEP” No,middle age creep isn’t that guy behind you with the camera phone. It’s the excess weight gained inmiddle age when youthfulmetabolism slows. You won’t be surprised that scientists have confirmed that daily exercise over a long period of time can significantly reduce that unwanted spare tire. According to research in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the sooner in life you begin, the better your belly benefits. The researchers discovered that women who had the highest activity levels gained an aver- age of 13 lb less than other women they studied. THE TAKEAWAY This data looked at long-term habits (over as much as 20 years), but this should tell you that even if you feel your results come slow, it’s worthwhile to keep exercising as vigorously as possible.


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