According to a recent research, it’s very important to do exercises for our body, but it’s also equally important to exercise our brain. The best exercise is the aerobic exercise.
Ozioma Okonkwo, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, claims that most exercises focused on the area around the heart and lungs in the past. Nowadays, there are numerous researches which train the brain. It can help us show the real person as well as his/her lifestyle.
Exercises can help us decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or any memory loss
It has even showed a success in people who have genetic predispositions to acquire this type of diseases. There was a research where this professor researched 93 adult individuals. They all had at least one gene of theirs linked to Alzheimer’s disease, at least one of their parents with Alzheimer’s disease, or both. The people were divided into groups. The ones who used to spend 68 minutes every day in a moderate physical activity a healthier brain according to their improved glucose metabolism.
Exercise offers various other benefits for the brain
According to these researches, the people who exercised constantly had an increased brain volume, especially in the parts connected with the executive and reasoning function. There are some tests that prove that also mood can be improved and there have also been some changes on the cognition.
Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain and makes our heart work faster
Our blood delivers more oxygen. Also, through exercising we can also increase the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). That’s especially important because it helps us protect our brain cells from degeneration, but it also creates new cells.
According to a PhD candidate from Australia, people can have tremendous benefits while riding a stationary bike. The blood flow into their brain was increased and their whole brain functioning was improved. This kind of exercise or exercising at least 3 times a week can help us decrease our levels of blood sugar, the high blood pressure etc.
Like for example swimming or running are the best ones for an improved brain health. They make our heart work faster, so it pumps more blood into our body, but also into our brain. Strength training which includes weight lifting can also be pretty beneficial. There are still more researches that should be done to connect these, but there is a link. The best thing would be to combine both, aerobic exercises with strength training. You’ll improve your whole body significantly, but especially your brain. You’ll also prevent numerous health problems including: hypertension, obesity and diabetes.