Slim Down/Remember More

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Feel like your mind is a little sluggish these days? The number on your scale could be the reason why other numbers — like your best friend’s phone number — escape you. A study being published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases found that candidates for weight-loss surgery were consistently fuzzy when it came to recalling certain details. Twelve weeks after surgery, however, their memory, concentration and problem-solving abilities had all improved. This isn’t the first study to link weight issues with senior moments. Past research shows that midlife obesity is associated with a higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia in old age. The good news is, this study indicates that it’s highly reversible. All you have to do is jog your memory — literally. Regular exercise can help you slim down and boost brain function simultaneously. So lace up your walking shoes and take a brisk walk down memory lane.

"Walking: the most ancient exercise is still the best modern medicine." Carrie Latet

Posted on January 15, 2015 and filed under fitness.