A long-term study of twins showed that physical activity may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. Following up with more than 3,000 twins 25 years after they provided information on their exercise habits shows physical activity in midlife leads to better cognition later in life, reports a new study in Finland.

Several studies in recent years have shown physical activity can slow or prevent cognitive decline associated with aging, some suggesting that exercise can slow mental decline by as much as 10 years.

Researchers found those involved with the vigorous physical activity during midlife tended to have a reduced risk of cognitive decline compared to the most sedentary participants in the study.

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