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Active Teen, Active Mind

Posted Jul 20 2010 11:00am
Teenagegirlsrunning

Credit: mikebaird

If you’re not moving now, get moving. And if you’ve got kids, get them moving, too! Stat!

A new study shows that women who are physically active at any point in their life have lower risk of cognitive impairment later in life compared to those who are inactive. But here’s the kicker: Activity as a teenager seems to be the most important!

While there is growing evidence to suggest that people who are physically active in mid- and late life have lower chance of dementia and more minor forms of cognitive impairment in old age, being physically active during your teenage years seems to hold the key to preventing cognitive impairment, the study showed. So get your kids unhooked from the computer and get them outside on a track. They’ll thank you when they’re old and gray.

—Erin


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