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Exercise Benefits Your Brain, Not Just Your Body

26. March 2013 by Masha 0 Comments

When Russian women are asked what qualities they look for in a man, intelligence is often on the list. Whether it's street smarts, book smarts, or just smart decision making, anything you can do to increase your brain power should always be attempted.


According to a new study in Psychological Medicine, people who regularly exercised when they were younger performed better on memory and functioning tests at age 50 than those who didn’t hit the gym growing up.


However, exercising at any age still has brain boosting benefits. And you only need to sweat it out three times a week for 30 minutes!


One of the benefits is that your memory may be magnified. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reports that people who cycled on a stationary bike for six minutes were able to remember more images an hour after riding than those who stayed sedentary. Exercise releases norepinephrine, a chemical in the brain that affects memory.


Other areas of the brain that can be improved upon with short bursts of working out include self-control, problem solving, and verbal reasoning. Scientists note in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that acute exercise increases blood flow to your prefrontal cortex, the area of your brain that controls executive functions.


Do you wish you were better at multitasking? Researchers from the University of Illinois reviewed over 100 studies and found several connections linking exercise to better decision-making and multitasking skills.


So what are you doing for the next 30 minutes? Why not go for a jog or a swim or get sweaty with a series of sit ups, push ups, and jumping jacks? Once you incorporate a little work out into your daily routine, it will get easier and Russian women will applaud your efforts.


Source: Men's Health