Sunday, 28 October 2018

How Much You Should Exercise for a Healthy Brain?

Everyone knows the importance of exercise in their life. With a decent diet and regular exercise, one can keep his body fit and far from health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart problems, chronic disease, sleeping disorder etc. While the maximum of the gym-goers gives importance to exercise mainly to have an attractive physique, there is an added benefit of exercising, which is on our mental health.

Keeping yourself physically fresh helps in better mental health by slowing the normal declines in our brain’s functionality that comes as we age. And like it is usually recommended to do a minimum of 2 to 3 hours of moderate-to-intense activity in a week to keep our heart healthy, similarly, there is a certain amount of exercise advised for keeping your brain sharp.
According to a research published in the Journal Neurology, a research team led by Joyce Gomes-Osman, assistant professor in physical therapy and neurology, found out as to how much one should exercise to prevent his brain healthy and sound. The team examined around 100 studies which connected exercise with over 122 different tests of brain function. Based on the data which comprised of over 11000 older people, they discovered that people who exercised about 52 hours in a time of 6 months have a significant improvement in different thinking and speed test. In the test, people exercise for about an hour thrice a week which included the people without cognitive decline and also those who have a mild cognitive impairment.

 “I don’t think 52 hours is actually a magic number. “There really is a range. But I do think that these results signify to us that in order to get the known benefits of work-out for the brain, to help areas involved in thinking and problem resolving — to get that machinery going, you need longer exposure [to Work-Out]. Those are all mechanistic methods that take time to develop,” said Gomes-Osman

In the research, what mainly shocked the researchers was the strong association between exercise and brain function considering the overall time people spent being physically active. Although, they didn’t notice a correlation between improvement in thinking and the strength or duration of the time people exercised.

Gomes-Osman told “I had a mindset [moving within the study] that the weekly times spent Work-Out was surely something that was helpful since we know that is necessary for the guidelines for physical health by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association. Although I was surprised to see that it wasn’t.”

The research can be pretty helpful in knowing that the overall and cumulative effect of physical activity is what is important for better brain health. This means that exercise affects the brain in several ways, from maintaining brain’s nerve system which starts to diminish with age, to promoting neuron’s functions and better blood circulation to brain cells and boosting the cells included in performing a higher level of thinking tasks.

This concludes that exercising is necessary for not only a fit body but also for a fitter mind. So, make sure to do a recommended amount of exercise daily to make the most of your life with a healthy body and mind.


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