It is well known that physical fitness training can improve cognitive abilities. A small study surprisingly suggests that it may work both ways: Cognitive training may improve seniors’ physical fitness, more specifically their walking-while-talking speed. Poor gait speed (i.e., walking speed) is correlated with a higher probability of falls as well as with cognitive impairment. This study shows thus a promising example of how the benefits of cognitive training can transfer to a crucial everyday-life activity .
Twenty seniors, aged 70 or older participated in the study. Ten of the seniors participated in a computerized brain fitness program (MindFit, by CogniFit) three times weekly [Read more…] about Can Cognitive Training Improve Physical Fitness?