Strengthening Brain Function Through Exercise

A recent study shows that working the muscles may strengthen not only your body, but your brain as wemay improve the brain’s ability to think.
In past research, lab animals and people generally performed better on cognition tests after engaging in exercise for several weeks.
Researchers designed an experiment to observe the exact effects of exercise on the brain. Using two drugs that simulate the effects of exercise on lab animals for 2 weeks, the experiment confirmed that changes in muscles did indeed affect the mind.
The lab animals that received the drugs performed significantly better on tests of memory and learning than control animals that had been idle for the same 2 weeks.
The results suggested, however, that exercise may need to be aerobic in order to substantially affect the brain.

Everyday routines may be giving your body more of a workout than you think!

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A study conducted in Oregon State University has recently observed the positive effects of short bouts of exercise as compared to the recommended 30 minute structured exercise regimen we are usually told to strive for.

 

Researchers say that instead of dedicating 30 minutes to exercise all at once, it can be broken up into spurts of physical activity as short as one or two minutes at a time, which at the end of the day can easily add up to 30 minutes.

They suggest becoming aware of your ability to add physical movement into any part of your day and making small changes in your normal routine, such as pacing while talking on the phone, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, using a rake instead of a leaf blower, and shopping in stores instead of online.

The study found that 43% of people who engaged in short bouts of physical activity met the physical guidelines of getting 30 minutes of exercise daily. However, less than 10% of people engaging in longer bouts of exercise met the same federal guidelines.

These new findings provide an easy alternative for those of us who don’t have the time to fit 30 or more consecutive minutes of  exercise into our busy days.

 

For more details, go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129100118.htm