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Olympic Sports Are Good For The Body – And Especially For The Brain

August 3, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The physical benefits of Olympic sports are fairly obvious: they build strength, endurance and agility. But the Mayo Clinic reports that many of the sports TV viewers are watching in London this summer provide an aerobic workout that is also good for the brain, reducing the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. Among the sports that are good not only for the body generally but also for the brain are: running, swimming, basketball, cycling, soccer, handball, race walking and tennis. Other Olympic brain boosters? Table tennis (ping pong), badminton, taekwondo, fencing, rowing and canoeing. 
"Olympics for the Rest of Us: How Ping-Pong Can Help Your Brain", News release, Mayo Clinic, August 03, 2012, © The Mayo Clinic
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