There are many different reasons why you should consider taking up some form of exercise. For a start it can make it make you feel fitter and healthier and help to ward off any serious illnesses in later life, but it can also help you lose weight and build muscle mass as well.
However it is worth pointing out that regular exercise can have a number of positive effects on your brain as well because many people simply aren’t aware of this.
You can learn all about these positive health benefits by checking out the infographic below:
As you can see, this infographic provides you with some really useful facts and statistics, all of which can be backed up by scientific research.
For example, it points out that exercise can help improve learning and mental performance, and also reduces stress, depression and anxiety.
It also mentions that exercising regularly can help prevent and treat dementia, Alzheimer’s and brain aging, and reduces the impairment of brain cells in people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
In addition, it has been found that physically active women aged 65 or over were less likely to develop cognitive decline, and that even a gentle form of exercise such as walking can improve brain connectivity.
Plus an extensive 25-year study has found that higher cardiovascular fitness is associated with better verbal memory and quicker reaction times.
It is not just adults that can improve their brain function through exercise either because this infographic demonstrates how keeping active can benefit children as well.
One of the most interesting findings is that any form of physical activity can produce a higher IQ and improve academic test scores for school children, but it also seems to focus the mind as well because it has been found that just 10 minutes of exercise increased 13-16 year olds’ concentration and attention.
So it would appear that regular physical activity seems to have a very positive affect on the overall functioning and wellbeing of your brain whatever your age.