We’ve all heard that exercise is good for the body. Now current research is demonstrating that an active lifestyle contributes positively to the functioning of our brains as we grow older.
Waneen Spirduso’s book Exercise and Its Mediating Effects on Cognition outlines
the latest perspectives from 17 internationally recognized experts on
aging, exercise, cognition and
neurobiological processes. Our sleep quality, immune system, levels
of anxiety and depression are all influenced by exercise and physical activity. These affect the physical and mental
resources we have available for cognition.
Exercise actually promotes the growth of new brain cells in the part of the brain thought to be responsible for learning and memory. Aerobic exercise, in particular, increases bloodflow to our brains, which allows them to function more effectively.
The good news: benefits start with as little as 20 minutes of walking a day.