Overcoming obstacles to getting active as you age
Research suggests that overall, adults over 50 years of age who participate in supervised physical exercise – aerobic exercise, resistance training, multicomponent training, or tai chi – experience improved cognitive function, regardless of the presence or absence of mild cognitive impairment.
Research shows that resistance training is effective for improved executive function, memory, and working memory, while tai chi is effective for working memory only.
Exercise lasting 45 min to 60 minutes at or above moderate intensity was associated with cognitive benefits.
Meanwhile, low (twice a week), medium (3-4 times a week) and high (5-7 times a week) exercise frequencies and conducting exercise in the short to long term (2 to 26 weeks) all produce positive effects.