Exercise and Your Brain | Kirkland Personal Trainer

New research shows that exercise is just as important for your brain as your body! Regular exercise appears to yield cognitive rewards, no matter your age or fitness level. Of course, best case scenario would be a minimum of 2.5 hrs of cardio a week, and 2 days of strength training per week. Here’s the latest stats on brain benefits from exercise.

Focus: Physically fit people are better able to focus on a challenging cognitive task.  What this may boil down to is that an exercise program may very well help you to better focus on the task at hand, despite incoming calls, emails and texts.  

Maintaining memory and cognitive skills:  Endurance training and the ‘biochemical cascade’ that follows helps the brain create new neurons, enhance plasticity, and maintain your memory and cognitive skills!

Treadmill work:  After 30 minutes on a treadmill, students solved math problems up to 10% more effectively.

Morning exercise programs:  Students participating in dynamic morning exercise nearly doubled their reading scores!

Walking in natural settings: Taking a walk or hike in the woods, rather than an urban setting, soothes anxiety and improves memory performance.

Stair climbing:  Brain age decreases by 0.58, for every flight of stairs climbed daily!

Verbal memory and learning:  Regular bouts of moderate cardio boost the size of the hippocampus, the area in your brain involved in verbal memory and learning.

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