Finally, a prescription for the precise amount of exercise you need to keep your brain in tip-top shape: It has been determined that working out for at least 52 hours over the course of six months can help older adults stay mentally sharp.
Exercise had the greatest impact on “processing speed and executive function.” (Executive function is the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks.) “This is evidence that you can actually turn back the clock of aging in your brain by adopting a regular exercise regimen.”
The cognitive benefits of various exercises, including walking, biking, dancing, strength training, tai chi, and yoga, practiced for a range of four weeks to a year.
Aerobic workouts (like running or Spinning) along with strength-training and mind-body activities (like yoga) all boost brain power.
Of the aerobic included in the most common one was walking. “You don’t need to be running.” “If you start walking, you’re going to get benefit. But this is not window-shopping; this is walking. It’s physical exercise, not just physical activity.”
As for the very recommended dose of 52 hours over the course of six months, that it’s not “a magic number.” And although the average amount of time people exercised was about one hour three times a week, you don’t necessarily need to adhere to that regimen.
“There really is a range.” The more important thing to keep in mind is the six-month — or longer — commitment. “These results signify to us that in order to get the known benefits of exercise for the brain, to help areas involved in thinking and problem solving — to get that machinery going — you need longer exposure.”
“I believe in giving people knowledge about outcomes and Exercise, and brain how it helps us in the long run”. “If you tell people to be active, they may be less interested overall than if you say, ‘You can do this, this, this or this, and you need to keep it up a couple times a week for about six months, and then you should get a benefit.’ I think that’s a better sell for patients.”
We’re sold. Are you?
What are your main motivations for working out? Do you worry about cognitive decline? Is there anything you do regularly to keep your brain sharp? Let me know in the comments below!