We all know that there are plenty of great reasons to exercise, but, did you know exercising regularly can have huge Brain Benefits!
If you want to improve your memory and thinking skills, then it is time to get your sweat on.
Research has found aerobic exercise, where you get your heart rate up and your sweat on, has been found to boost the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in memory and learning.
Exercise and the brain
So how does it work? Well, the benefits we experience from exercising are a result of reduced insulin resistance, reduced inflammation, and increased stimulation of our growth factors; the chemicals found in the brain that improve the health of our brain cells.
The indirect benefits we experience from regular exercise include: improved mood, improved sleep and improve stressed and anxiety levels. We know that when we don’t sleep well, are stressed or are anxious, contribute to cognitive impairment.
So Mum’s, put it to the test. Start exercising! If you want to improve memory then it is suggested that you do a minimum of 120 minutes of moderate to intense exercise each week. If that seems too daunting, start with what you can, and increase the amount you exercise by five or 10 minutes every week.
Remember, doing household activities counts as well! Anything that gets your heart pumping so much that you break out in a light sweat.
- Join in on one or two of our scheduled class with one of our trainers, who’ll hold you accountable &
- Track your progress with our makeover plan which will encourage you to reach a goal.