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Blending Physical and Cognitive Training Could Build Brain Health

Combining cognitive training and exercise may be an important factor in the fight against MCI. Participants attended a weekly 2-hour session that involved moderate aerobic and strength exercises. Some mind tasks (e.g., memory tests while stepping) were combined with the physical movements. The next part involved individual and group brain-training activities, such as crosswords, coloring, aligning cards in specific orders, and mathematical problems. They were evaluated on their physical and cognitive abilities at the beginning, after 4 weeks, and at 8 weeks. Investigators found significant enhancements in memory function and modest improvements in conditioning.
Kouzuki M, et al. A program of exercise, brain training, and lecture to prevent cognitive decline. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2020;7(3):318-328. doi:10.1002/acn3.50993.