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Cardio for Brain Gain

Posted by Jennifer on April 9, 2014

Recent research has suggested that aerobic activity contributes to brain growth for individuals who have minor cognitive impairments, particularly in older women. Performing cardiovascular exercise as little as twice a week over an extended period of time can produce significant growth in hippocampus region of the brain.

What this means:

For elderly who suffer from minor cognitive impairments, such as dementia, incorporating aerobics into their lifestyle may achieve some benefits. For individuals at risk of developing a minor cognitive impairment, starting an aerobic routine as a proactive measure could stave off degeneration.

Prescription:

Perform aerobic exercise for at least 45 minutes, 3 times a week. This could be a class at the gym, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, or anything else that will get your heart rate up and your lungs working. Note that the recommended amount is only a minimum.

Not just good for your body – but good for your brain!

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