Previous studies have shown that exercising your body and stimulating your mind help with memory – but the new study shows the benefits of the two when combined.
The study, published in the May 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looked at 926 people in Olmsted County, Minn., ages 70 to 93. The participants answered questionnaires about their exercise and computer use within the past year.
Of the participants who did not exercise and did not use a computer, 20.1 percent were cognitively normal and 37.6 percent showed signs of mild cognitive impairment. Of those who exercised and used a computer, 36 percent were cognitively normal and 18.3 percent showed signs of mild cognitive impairment.