Staying physically fit is not only good for your body, it also seems to help keep your mind in good shape, new study findings show.

Researchers found that adults who were most fit at the start of a six-year study maintained their mental sharpness over time and did better in tests of their mental function conducted years later than did their less physically fit peers.

“Physical activity appears to be good for the brain as well as the body,” study author Dr. Deborah E. Barnes of the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, California, told Reuters Health.

“Older adults with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness experience a slower rate of cognitive decline over time,” she added.

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