"What's good for the muscular-skeletal system is good for the cardiovascular system, and it's also good for the brain," said Merrill, who is a geriatric psychiatrist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"Physical exercise sets the stage for the brain to be responsive to new information," said Merrill, who was not involved with the new study. "You're all ready to build new synapses, new connections."
The CDC currently recommends that older adults get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise a week and perform strength training exercises at least twice a week. This translates to going for a brisk walk, swimming/water aerobics, Tai Chi, or Yoga for a short period nearly everyday. It goes without saying but you should always consult your family doctor before beginning a workout routine. Your doctor will likely be thrilled you want to begin exercising! Click the button below to read the full article and come back here to let us know your thoughts on the mental benefits of exercise.