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Boost your brain with exercise
Did you know, that moderate exercise a few times a week, is the best way to keep your mind sharp if you’re lucky enough to be over 50? according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
When people exercise their heart and muscles on a regular basis, both thinking and memory improved the most. What’s significant, is that this was also true for those who are already experiencing cognitive decline.
It’s never too late to start…
According to the researchers, for helping your mind and body, it’s never too late to start exercising. And even if other health issues prevent you from ‘challenging’ forms of exercise, for example a bad knee stops you from running or walking, then T’ai Chi was recommended.
Boosting your brain
According to the NHS, exercise can reduce your risk of major illness such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%, and lower your risk of early death by 30%.
It’s also thought that exercise supplies your brain with more blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost brain health, and more importantly certain types of exercise may help you form more neurons and neural connections.
In just four weeks
The researchers from the University of Canberra, Australia, examined the effects of at least four weeks physical exercise on how the brain functions in adults.
Their results suggest that:
1. Aerobic (or cardio) exercise improves cognitive abilities, such as reading, thinking and learning.
2. Muscle (or weight) training, had a significant effect on memory, and the ability to organise and plan.
The researchers concluded that both types of exercise, cardio and weights should be prescribed to improve brain health of the over 50’s.
Even a little brings improvements
Even with moderate exercise only once or twice a week there were improvements in cognitive function, however the more exercise was done, the greater the improvements.
NHS guidelines recommend adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week, and exercise major muscles at least twice a week.
Dr Justin Varney, of Public Health England said that any physical activity was good for your brain and your body.
‘Whilst every 10 minutes of exercise provides some benefit, doing 150 minutes a week cuts the chances of depression and dementia by a third, and boosts mental health at any age.
‘Doing both aerobic and strengthening exercises leads to a greater variety of health benefits.’
A brisk walk is the most common form of aerobic activity, and something as simple as carrying heavy shopping bags, counts as good strengthening exercise.
So whatever stage of life you’re at, you can improve both your mental and physical wellbeing with exercise.