How Home-Gym Machines Keep Your Brain Young

How Home-Gym Machines Keep Your Brain Young

If you're in the middle of a long-term relationship with your treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical trainer, do whatever it takes to keep that love alive.

Research shows that staying committed to exercise over the long haul gives you the brain structure of someone years younger.

Good-looking fray matter
When researchers performed brain imaging tests on adults between the ages of 60 and 80, the noggins of the most active people looked similar to the brains of people years younger. The exercisers' small blood vessels looked less twisty, suggesting better cerebral blood flow—which translates to healthier mind muscle and better brain function. Been off the workout wagon for a while? Try this easy 20-minute workout video.

Mind-body strength
In the study, the heavy exercisers didn't just go through the motions. They had gotten at least three hours of exercise a week for 10 years. It's not clear yet whether the long-term exercise caused favorable changes in the study subjects' brain anatomy or if the people with healthier brains were simply more likely to exercise. But loads of other studies show that working up a sweat is good for your longevity. Here are a few other really important things you can do to help sharpen your wits and live longer.

Take the first steps to growing younger and healthier with the RealAge Test.

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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