By now, we all know that exercise is good for your heart, it will help you with weight management, and will improve your mood (some might not agree with this one, but research has approve it), but did you know that it will also help with your memory and higher level thinking?
A study has shown that men and women who exercised vigorously about three times a week for an hour or longer, showed better results in tests of memory and thinking.
This is what happens to your brain while exercising:
Large amount of blood gets pumped to your brain. Blood will carry Oxygen and fuel, which will help in providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells
So how long would these memory gains and higher level thinking last? Another study has shown that after being sedentary for as little as 10 days, blood flow declines significantly in most of the areas of the brain. Even though this study did not see a significant change in the cognitive test results, but results do suggest that the increase of blood flow to the brain due to exercise, will diminish if you stop training Dr. Smith says.
Another ways that exercise helps brain is by, reducing insulin resistance, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.
Exercise can also help brain Indirectly. Exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment.
To this day, I have not yet heard anyone complaining about their good memory! Most of us, including me, tend to have brain fog. We cannot remember where our car keys are, forget to pick up eggs while at the grocery store. We make up to do lists and grocery lists to help us not to forget, so why not exercise?
it is also informative to know that, researchers say one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds globally. They estimate that by the year 2050, more than 115 million people will have dementia worldwide.
Here is one more reason for me to exercise:
By the time my daughter graduates from high school, I will be in my 50s, and I sure need my brain to be sharp to remember all of my good and beautiful memories.
What about you?
Stay happy and healthy