We all know the positive effects exercise can have on improving our health – but can it help boost our brain power and make us think more clearly?
I certainly notice that I am much more productive after having been for a short run, cycling or doing a bit of resistance work. Even doing the housework or gardening counts!
Researchers believe that one of the reasons exercise can improve our cognition ‘or thinking capacity’ is because of the increased blood flow that occurs in the body when we exercise.
Our vital tissues and organs – including the brain, get a boost of energy and oxygen from that increased blood flow.
Harvard Health indicates: “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.”
Perhaps this is why the risk of dementia is thought to be reduced in those who exercise.
The Alzheimer’s Society reports: “Several studies looking at the effect of aerobic exercise in middle-aged or older adults, have reported improvements in thinking and memory, and reduced rates of dementia.”
The moral of the story is we can all benefit from moving more – and perhaps boost our brain power too.