Gender Differences in Fitness and Brain Function
Is aerobic exercise better for older men's brains?
Many studies show that cardiorespiratory fitness improvements boost brain fitness in later life. New research in the Journal of Applied Physiology (2019; doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.01046.2018) reveals that effects may differ between men and women.
Researchers at York University, Toronto, and McGill University, Montreal, studied healthy older women and men to look for possible gender-based distinctions in the relationship between cardiovascular fitness and better brain network integrity. Study authors observed a stronger association in older men than in women.