Daily Exercise not only improve body functioning but also helps you to increase the brain size that further boost the memory function and maintains a good brain health, says a new study. Researchers from Australia’s National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the U.K. discovered the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions.
The brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five percent after the age of 40, as mentioned in the study, published in the journal Neuroimage. Aerobic exercises can help a particular region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. It may also prevent ageing-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, the researcher noted. Do Read: Reasons Why Sleeping on Your Left is Healthier Than to Your Right .
University of Manchester examined 14 clinical trials that discovered the brain scans of 737 people before and after an aerobic exercise program.The participants who are examined are in the age ranged from 24 to 76 years old with an average of 66 and included a mix of healthy adults, people with mild cognitive impairments (such as Alzheimer’s) and people with clinical diagnoses of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and depression.
The researchers examined effects of aerobic exercise, including stationary cycling, walking, and treadmill running. The length of the interventions ranged from three to 24 months with a range of 2-5 sessions per week. They found that exercise increased the size of the left region of the hippocampus over time by reducing the effects of ageing.
Interestingly, physical exercise is one of the very few ‘proven’ methods for maintaining brain size and functioning into older age.The study is published in the journal NeuroImage.
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