Aging is no reason to sit at home on the couch; in fact, it may be counterproductive if you want to stay sharp.

According to a two-year study done by Marc Poulin, women with active lifestyles scored higher in cognitive functioning and vascular responses while lowering their blood pressure, regardless of age.

“These results extend results of other studies,” Marc Poulin, the lead researcher, said. He added, “the interesting thing about our study is our multi-disciplinary approach.”

Published in the journal, Neurobiology of Aging, the study took a random sample of 42 women from Calgary and divvied them up into groups — those who led active versus inactive lifestyles.

Merceda Schmidt, a 91-years-young participant in the study who stays active both in her community and lifestyle said, “the more you sit, the more you want to sit.”

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