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We have been hearing for years that exercise is medicine for the mind, especially aerobic exercise.
Physical fitness has been shown to help with the cognitive decline associated with dementia, Parkinson’s disease and depression, at least in part because getting your blood pumping brings more oxygen, growth factors, hormones and nutrients to your brain, leading it — like your muscles, lungs and heart — to grow stronger and more efficient.
Specifically, high-intensity intervals, aerobic exercise, weight training, yoga and sports drills are affect different areas of the brain.
Lifting weights helps improve complex thoughts, problem-solving and multitasking.
Now seems that aerobic exercise such as walking, running and cycling may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Exercise provides an immediate attention boost.
It is now clear that the positive effects of exercise can endure well into old age, and it’s never too late to start.
The hippocampus shrinks as we get older, leading to the typical struggles with memory. But aerobic exercise not only prevents this loss — it reverses it, slowing the effects of getting older.
By Teal Burrell | Prevent Disease
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Original Source: http://preventdisease.com/news/16/061416_Five-Different-Physical-Exercises-Affect-Brain-Different-Ways.shtml
Secondary Source: http://consciouslifenews.com/new-finding-different-types-exercise-affect-different-parts-brain/11121031/
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