"Miracle-Gro for the brain"...
The Simple Way to Keep Your Mind Sharp
Can exercise keep your mind sharp?
So what is exercise actually doing for the mind?
One study found that just three 60-minute sessions of exercise increased memory.1
In women between the ages of 60-78 years old, exercise increased cognition, brain size, and power.2
Another study found that elderly people who engaged in aerobic exercise had bigger brains. 3
Not surprisingly, people who exercise have lower rates of age-related memory and cognitive decline compared to sedentary people.4
Other than exercise, what else can help boost BDNF?
- Learning something new
- A good night’s sleep (exercise improves sleep, too!)
- Getting some sun
- Stress reduction (some studies show Fish Oil, Ginseng, and Turmeric may boost BDNF)
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Chapman, Sandra B., et al. “Distinct Brain and Behavioral Benefits from Cognitive vs. Physical Training: A Randomized Trial in Aging Adults.” Frontiers, Frontiers, 20 June 2016, www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00338/full.
Colcombe, Stanley J., et al. “Aerobic Exercise Training Increases Brain Volume in Aging Humans.” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 1 Nov. 2006, academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article/61/11/1166/630432.