Irene Maher, Times correspondent

Irene Maher

Times correspondent

Irene Maher has reported on health for more than 25 years, mostly for WFLA-Ch. 8 in Tampa. She now writes about personal health and wellness for the Tampa Bay Times.

Another reason to exercise? Brain benefits

Zumba instructor Damaris DeJesus leads the Zumba Gold class at the Spurlino YMCA in Gibsonton. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
There is growing evidence that regular aerobic exercise can help improve cognitive function, things like thinking, problem solving and reasoning.