Myth #1: Aging Of The Brain Is Irreversible
Fact: While the brain is prone to a certain amount of shrinking during the aging process, exercise can remedy this concern. A study was recently conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Pittsburgh to find out more about this alleged myth. They studied 120 older citizens who were prone to a lack of exercise and asked them to go for a walk or to stretch three times per week. From there, they took MRIs to record the resulting brain activity. Astonishingly enough, these simple exercises were found to increase the hippocampus’ size by at least 2 percent in one year, which is the equivalent of reversing one to two years of aging.