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Arduous Work Outs Strongly Correlated With Memory Loss

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A latest study has revealed that those women, who regularly took up laborious exercises like running, swimming or aerobics for a period of decades or so, incurred a major slump in memory, remembering skills along with other key functions. This comes out as a vociferous warning to female marathon runners amongst others engaging in physically taxing activities for extended periods of time.

It has been proven that restrained form of moderate exercises like golf, volleyball, softball, quick walking or cycling on even levelled streets, aid in honing mental skills in women.

Researcher Mary C. Tierney, a PhD holder of University of Toronto was of the viewpoint that many people think that if a small amount of exercise is good then a significant amount would be even better, which is not right.

This finding was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference by Tierney who revealed that breast cancer risk reduced when moderate exercise was employed and was further lowered when arduous exercise were taken up.

The researchers disputed on the finding stating that exercise had a positive, defensive result by boosting estrogen levels, which is proven to favourably affect the brain. This left the researchers pondering about the outcome of exercise on the cognitive function.

A study was carried out in which rats were made to run on a treadmill. It was found that those rats who stressed out more showed greater degree of brain damage in the mainly the hippocampus area that is crucial for recall and learning.

A latest study was carried out on 90 elderly women in the age bracket of 50-63 with menopause, were quizzed on their levels of activity engaged post high school. There were eight memory and brain function tests carried out on them. The findings showed that exerting, straining activities were directly proportional to the cognitive functions. Women, who engaged in strenuous forms like racquetball, jogging, power aerobics amongst others, performed poorly on all memory related tests.

The study also noted others factors like age, education, smoking or drinking amongst others crucial factors for cognitive harm. Maria Carrillo, Director of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association said that arduous activity along with lifestyle is the possible reason for the ill-effect. Also, stressed out women exercise more and stress is proven to be detrimental to mental health.

Tierney finally rounded up her study stating to avoid being inactive but at the same time not going overboard, with moderation being the key.

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