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Exercise is good for brain, heart

(Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff For The Oklahoman) The heart is a muscle, and exercise makes the heart exercise. But the brain? We don't think of exercise as requiring a lot of brainpower. In fact, some people like exercise because it's a time when they can turn off their brain…
[But] what's the evidence that regular exercise [protects] the brain?
There are many studies. As an example, a study published in February … links better cardiovascular fitness to improved thinking skills in older adults…
How does exercise contribute to brain health? We know of several ways, and there are surely more we haven't discovered. One possible way is by improving the blood supply to the brain.
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