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How to Quickly and Easily Boost Your Brain Function
We are all familiar with the stereotype of the dumb jock and the pocket-protecting brainiac but a recent study has geeks hitting the gyms as much as hitting the books – or at least getting outside for a brisk walk! It seems that doctor recommended exercise is good not just to keep the pounds off, reduce stress and protect against diseases like diabetes, cardiac conditions and respiratory function but it boosts long-term brain power as well.
Over the years numerous studies have been conducted using rodents which proved that a stimulating environment including toys and requiring them to perform creative tasks has improved brain function compared to rodents in non-stimulating environments. These environments have usually included some form of aerobic exercise for them like a running wheel. However, it wasn’t until psychology professor Justin S. Rhodes led a team of scientists at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois to conduct a unique study of mice that exercise was isolated as the key to improved cognition. The experiment grouped the mice and varied their environment with different combinations of nutrition, enrichment through toys, and exercise through running wheels. Prior to the experiment the mice completed a series of cognitive tests and then again at the end of the study. They also looked to see if their brain underwent any structural changes. Rather surprisingly, the only factor which changed whether or not any brain growth was experienced was whether or not a running wheel was available in the cage!
Take a moment to boost your brain with the video below!
We already have a million good reasons to exercise but now we can add one more! This certainly explains why seniors that participate in some sort of fitness whether it is dancing, yoga, taking walks, or water aerobics are able keep their minds sharper than their more sedentary peers. Of course, before you start a new exercise program, you should consult your physician if you have any health conditions. The easiest thing to do, however, is to just start by taking walks. Good luck and good health!