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Want to Sharpen Your Memory? Work Your Muscles!

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Want to keep your brain sharp? Try flexing your muscles. You may not see a direct connection between brain health and your muscles, but research suggests that working your muscles against resistance may protect your memory. Problems remembering are one of the most common complaints of people over the age of 65. These memory lapses don’t necessarily mean you’re destined to get Alzheimer’s disease. Some degree of memory impairment is a normal part of aging, but if you’re like most people, you want to keep your memory and cognitive abilities as “sharp” as possible as you age. Staying mentally stimulated by working puzzles and challenging your mind is one way, but moving your muscles may be just as effective.

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