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How Daily Exercise Could Result in a Younger Brain!

Lynn Griffith
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Less than five percent of adults receive 30 minutes of exercise daily, and only one in three adults engage in the recommended amount of exercise each week. (1)

Less than five percent of adults receive 30 minute of exercise daily!

Physical activity is necessary for heart health and can help prevent heart disease and stroke.  The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.  This averages out to approximately 30 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.  You will receive the same benefits if you divide your time into three, 10 minute segments throughout the day. (2)

You can receive the same health benefits if you divide your daily exercise time into three, 10 minute segments!

Physical activity not only impacts the heart, it also affects our mental fitness.  Neuroimaging studies now show how physical activity impacts different parts of the brain.  A recent study examined the relationship between brain activity, brain function, and physical fitness in Japanese men.  They found that fitter men had better mental performance than less fit men.(3)

As we age, we use different parts of our brains than we did when we were younger.  Most young children mainly use the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is useful for short term memory, understanding meaning of words and being able to recall previous events, objects and people.  As we get older, we use the right side of the prefrontal cortex for these same tasks.(3)

The study involved 60 older men, ages 64-75, who underwent an exercise test to measure aerobic fitness.  These men then performed a test that measured selective attention, executive function and reaction time.(3)

Study shows that physically fitness may result in a younger brain!

The results of the sets were then combined and statistically analysed to assess the association between fitness.  The study showed that men who were more fit favored the left side of their prefrontal cortex, showing that their brains were more youth-like.(3)

If you feel as though age is catching up with you, make sure you are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days per week.  You may find that you feel younger, act younger and think younger.  Your youth is only 150 minutes of exercise away each week!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.fitness.gov
(2) www.heart.org
(3) www.sciencedaily.com

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