If you thought weight loss was the only thing you get from regular exercise, you are wrong. Besides the other health benefits, regular physical activity ensures a proper supply of oxygen-rich blood to the brain, thereby improving memory, intelligence, and attention along with relieving stress and depression. Here are 5 ways exercise is beneficial for your brain:
Prevents mild cognitive impairment: According to the findings published in the Journal of American Geriatrics there is a link between muscle adaptations to progressive resistance training and the functioning of the brain among those over the age of 55 with MCI.
Sharpens memory: A study published in the journal Acta Psychologica revealed that enhancing memory could be as simple as doing 20 minutes of exercise.
Improves brain function: According to studies published in the Journal Cortex, physical activities like jogging, swimming, walking or dancing are known to contribute to brain function. This also reduces the chances of Alzheimer’s as you age. During the test, adults performed memory tasks better while performing a physical activity.
Improves psychomotor speed: it is the relationship between thinking skills and physical movement. According to the study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, cardio activities can preserve thinking skills in young adults.
Prevents and reduces depression: The results, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 12 per cent of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants undertook just one hour of physical activity each week.