Fit Kids More Likely to Stay Mentally Sharp With Age
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You know physical activity helps kids build strong muscles and bones, and lowers the risk of things like heart disease and diabetes later in life. Now researchers from Australia reveal another reason to encourage your child to move: It may help them stay mentally sharp for decades. A new study followed 1,200 people for 30 years and revealed a link between childhood fitness and cognitive performance in middle age.
@abhishikta Previous research has linked adult fitness with better cognitive performance and reduced risk of dementia later in life, though this study is the first to link childhood fitness to those outcomes. That link remained even after controlling for factors like academic performance, socioeconomic status, smoking, and alcohol consumption, says Michele Callisaya, PhD, study co-author and associate professor from the National Centre for Healthy Ageing, at Peninsula Health and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Researchers from the University of Tasmania also collaborated on the study.