"Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50," BBC News reports. A review of existing data found both aerobic exercise and strength training appeared to improve cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, and how well people carry out tasks.
The review brought together information from 39 studies in the biggest summary of the effects of exercise on mental ability to date. Previous summaries of research have had unclear results. But this study found most types of moderate to vigorous exercise had a positive effect as long as sessions lasted at least 45 minutes. The researchers say doctors should recommend people take part in exercise on as many days a week as possible.
Getting moving can help boost your energy, protect your heart, and manage symptoms of illness or pain as well as your weight. As we age, fat often develops at a faster rate on the body. However, fat can be lost from around your body at any age. If you are a 50-year-old man, these tips can show you simple, enjoyable ways to become more active and improve your health.
Walking at a steady pace can burn several hundred calories. The more intense the walking routine, the more calories you burn. Try walking at a brisk pace on hilly terrain to burn even more calories.
Jogging and Running
The intensity of jogging and running will cause you to burn significantly more calories than brisk walking. Try jogging and running outside for a more scenic, enjoyable workout.
Bicycling not only potentially burns a high number of calories, it provides a low-impact workout for your joints. Try bicycling on a stationary bike or take your bicycle outdoors to a community park or sidewalk.
Regular physical activity helps you look and feel younger and stay independent longer. It also lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, and obesity. You’re never too old to get moving and improve your health! In fact, adults who become active later in life often show greater physical and mental improvements than their younger counterparts.