January 20, 2006 -- Posted at 3:26 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR -- A new study suggests that exercising at least three times a week can over time help keep your mind sharp as you age.
Many doctors encourage their older patients to do ''range of motion'' exercises to keep their bodies in shape... but repetitive exercising can help keep your mind in tone as well
“I have relatives who have Alzheimer’s and I want to prevent hopefully from having Alzheimer’s myself. I’ve heard that it can make your brain 30 percent less likely to lose its capability,” said Kathy Montgomery.
“People who tend to be active and get out more, I think, are a little more alert,” said Dr. Jason Brantt.
“You have to be thinking to get your body to move the way that it's supposed to move and also I think it increases oxygen to the brain,” said
Harriet Yarbrough and her husband come to the gym together every week, “Three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That's all that's suggested.”
A routine they've had since 1997. “For health reasons and for exercise to take off a little weight -- which does not work,” said Yarbrough.
Doctor Brantt is an orthopedic surgeon for the
Any type of exercise is beneficial but doctors say walking is one thing that is good for everyone.