Exercising your Body Exercises your Brain!
Regular exercise improves memory and thinking skills.
You may know many of the other reasons exercise is good for you but did you know it can improve your memory? In a study done at the University of British Columbia*, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.
Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t.
How much exercise is required to improve memory? These study participants walked briskly for 120 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week hour, twice a week.
If you don’t want to walk, consider other moderate-intensity exercises, such as swimming, stair climbing, or using the rowing machine. Don’t forget that household chores can count as well, anything that gets your heart pumping so much that you break out in a light sweat.
*Br J Sports Med. 2015 Feb; 49(4): 248–254.