All natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory and protect your brain from age-related cognitive decline.
This spring there were studies that proved any type of exercise that raises your heart rate and gets you moving and sweating for a sustained length of time also known as an aerobic exercise has a significant, overwhelmingly beneficial impact on the brain.
The best type of fitness for your mind is any aerobic exercise that you can do regularly and consistently for at least 45 minutes at a time.
Another study proved that even 30 minutes on a treadmill walking for 10 consecutive days was “sufficient to produce a clinically relevant and statistically significant reduction in depression.” “Aerobic workouts can help people who aren’t suffering from clinical depression to feel less stressed by reducing their stress levels with the body’s natural hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.”-recent study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.
If you are over 50 years old, a study from the British Journal suggests the best results come from a combination of aerobic exercises and resistance training.
Such exercises can include anything from high intensity interval training like a 7-minute workout to dynamic of flow yoga, which interprets strength building poses. Certain poses such as planks and push-ups mix with heart pumping dance like moves . Another study showed that adults 60-88 years old who walked for 30 minutes 4 days a week for 12 weeks strengthened connectivity in regions of the brain with low connectivity that were linked to memory loss.
Researchers still haven’t been able to find why and how there is a link between exercise and brain functioning but they have come to the belief that exercise appears to boost the brains function could be related to the fresh energy and oxygen.
Older women whom displayed potential symptoms of dementia found that aerobic exercise was linked with an increase in the size of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a brain area involved in learning and memory.
With this being said, isn’t it time to take action for your wellbeing? At Effective Physical Therapy Inc., we are more than happy to help. Please ask us about our various programs that are right for you so can be, do, and have what you deserve. We serve Palm Springs, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Atlantis, Palm Beach, and Wellington. Please contact us at 561-408-0903 if you would like to make an appointment today.