Staying active as you age has another newfound benefit. It’s not only good for your body and spirit. Researchers have found it can also help keep your language skills up to par.
A study published in Scientific Reports has shown that older people who exercise regularly are less inclined to struggle to find the words they need to express themselves.
The research is the first of its kind to investigate the relationship between aerobic fitness levels and temporary cognitive lapses.
What are these, exactly? A good example is when you’re speaking and you can’t remember a certain word. It feels as though it’s on the tip of your tongue but you can’t grasp it. It’s something that can happen more often as you grow older. But there is good news.
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“Older adults sometimes worry that tip-of-the-tongue states indicate serious memory problems but this is a misconception: (they) are not associated with memory loss,” commented lead author Dr. Katrien Segaert.
“In fact, older adults usually have a much larger vocabulary than young adults. Instead, tip-of-the-tongue states occur when the meaning of a word is available in our memory, but the sound form of the word can temporarily not be accessed,” she added.
It was found that the higher an older adult’s aerobic fitness level, the lower the probability of experiencing a tip-of-the-tongue state.
How much exercise should you be getting? Depending on your physical health, medical experts advise that adults get about 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each day, 5 times a week. Alternatively, vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes, 3 times a week also does the trick.
Not only will it benefit your cardiovascular system, but also your social interactions. Win, win!
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