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Train your brain with beer & running


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A new study shows that if you exercise when you’re older, your brain doesn’t show as many signs of aging. And beer does the same.

The results from Edinburgh University’s research showed that exercising in your 70s may stop your brain from shrinking and other aging symptoms like dementia, according to BBC News and  the journal Neurology. Exercise had a greater impact than non-physical tasks like doing a crossword puzzle or socializing. According to the BBC:

When the researchers examined the brain’s white matter – the wiring that transmits messages round the brain – they found that the people over the age of 70 who were more physically active had fewer damaged areas than those who did little exercise. tweet

As you might guess as a regular reader of the blog, you can get the same benefit from beer.

A quick Google found that a study of those 50 and over showed that men and women who had two or fewer drinks per day group had better cognitive function, fewer signs of depression and a better sense of well-being than those who abstained. You can find the results in the 2007 journal of Age and Aging.

So keep it up, beer runners. Run, drink and don’t get old.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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