As we age, we can expect certain changes in our bodies, both inside and out. We accept these changes to a degree, but most of us attempt to stave off any negative consequences to the aging process. Especially concerning are the changes in our brains, but new studies are showing a link between exercise and brain health. Read on to find out more.
Our Aging Brains
When we age, levels of neurotransmitters and hormones change in our brains. These changes can lead to memory loss and disease, but don’t fret! The best defense against an aging brain is the easiest to do. The answer is exercise.
Although genetics and your environment also have roles in how your brain ages, healthy eating and exercise can slow the biological aging of your brain.
Direct And Indirect Impacts
Exercising regularly directly effects chemical reactions in your brain. The reduction of insulin resistance and inflammation, plus the stimulation of brain growth factors are all possible by merely exercising on a regular basis.
Indirect brain benefits from regular exercise include less stress, lower anxiety, better sleep, and improved mood. How does that affect the brain? Impairment in any of those areas affects cognitive ability.
Keeping It Fresh
Although the studies are unclear as to how much exercise you have to do to keep your brain young, experts agree that some activity is better than none. Most recommend 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day, and weight-bearing exercises three times a week.
Change up your routine if you’re getting bored with your exercise. Even if you’re not, keeping your workouts changing and fresh will keep your body and brain stimulated. The bottom line is to get moving and stay moving. It will not only benefit your brain but your entire body inside and out.