According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, endurance exercise may help prevent cognitive decline, keeping your brain working better, longer.

University of Texas researchers determined there was a correlation between a person’s cardio fitness and cognitive function in middle-aged adults.

People who exercised displayed better vascular function, or blood flow in the brain, than the sedentary individuals.

Dr. Martha Pyron, a co-author of the study, said that the findings suggest that middle-age runners not only have better cardiovascular function and health, but also enhanced cognitive performance particularly in the domains linked with age related cognitive decline and impairment.

The study concluded, “Habitual aerobic exercise ameliorates vascular health, an effect which may further translate into improved cognitive performance.”

I need to go for a run.