It’s well-known that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your physical health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits the brain as well?
Researchers have found regular exercise can improve your memory and thinking skills. Aerobic exercises in particular actually change the brain — boosting the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. Exercise has also been shown to reduce stress and help improve depression and anxiety disorders.
Here are some tips to help you incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle.*
Where should I start?
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has this simple recommendation: Pick a time. Pick a place. Make a plan and move more! It also says while all types of movement are important, balance is best for overall health.
How long should I exercise for?
A good weekly goal to start with is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise for adults. You can try beginner exercises such as walking, swimming or cycling.
Combine cardio exercise and strength training for an ideal sweat session. Short on time? Your regular activities such as cleaning and gardening can also count as exercise as long as you are getting your heart rate up.
Find your centre with balance exercises.
As you grow older, head injuries from falls are a serious risk, which in turn can increase your risk of dementia. Exercises using balance discs or balance balls, yoga and Tai Chi can help you avoid falls.
You don’t need to be an athlete. Healthy aging is a combination of keeping the body and mind active and robust.
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*Always consult your health care provider before starting a new exercise program.