You probably have an idea already that exercise has a lot of health benefits. But are you aware that exercise can improve your thinking skills? There has a lot study behind this according to Dr. Scott McGinnis, an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Exercise directly and indirectly helps your memory and thinking by stimulating physiological changes.
It also acts directly on the brain itself. Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory are larger in volume in people who exercise than in people who don’t.
Regular aerobic exercise may increase the size of the hippocampus—the part of the brain [that is] responsible for learning and verbal memory,” explains Dr. Vernon Williams, sports neurologist and director of The Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. “And, these benefits aren’t for senior citizens alone. In short, exercise can change the brain for the better, and by doing so, [it] can help to protect thinking skills and memory in anybody.
You may ask, is one exercise better than the other for brain health? The answer is unclear. Walking is a great exercise for the brain but aerobic exercises may get your heart pumping might have similar benefits explains Dr. McGinnis.
Making exercise a habit is highly recommended by Dr. McGinnis. And since several studies have shown that it takes about six months to start reaping the cognitive benefits of exercise, you need to be patient as you look for the first results — and to then continue exercising for life.