Need a BRAIN BOOST? Well, it is time to lace up those sneakers and get exercising!
A study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that reviewed over 39 other studies of how exercise effects brain function. In this systematic review of research the authors found that physical exercise had a significant effect on brain health.
Exercise increases oxygen uptake and improves blood flow which help to bring nutrients to the brain to keep it functioning properly.
In the review of these studies, both aerobic and strength training demonstrated different types of improvement in brain function. Aerobic exercise helped to improve memory, while strength training helped to increase your executive function, i.e. decision making and problem solving.
Positive effects were demonstrated with even as little as two workout sessions a week of moderate intensity. However, the more exercise performed the better the cognitive improvement.
Positive change was seen even in those who already had some evidence of cognitive decline, which led the authors of this review to state that exercise may be one of the best prescriptions doctors can give their 50+ patients who have concerns about brain health.
All in all, exercise helps to keep your brain healthy, so if you are feeling a little foggy or want to keep your brain on task , start moving!!
Northey, J.M., Cherbuin N., & Pumpa K. L. (24 April 2017) Exercise interventions for cognitive function in adults older than 50: a systematic review with meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Retrieved from: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/30/bjsports-2016-096587