Do you believe that elevated brain power does have long term health benefits? Start believing in yourself because you are right. But, how to elevate your intellectual abilities? Simple – boost your heart and lungs by doing aerobics. This way you voluntarily help your mind or brain to function better.
Aerobics and Cognitive Fitness
The above mentioned theory was proved true by a new study, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The study paper was published on The Cochrane Library, a website keeping large databases pertaining to various fields of medicine and healthcare. The published report says that aerobics can improve cognitive fitness in aging people as well as elderly people. Indeed, by moving our body for longer times we are able to increase the cognitive processing speed, motor function as well as visual and auditory attention as we get older. This news is encouraging since people nearing age 50 get infrequent memory lapses, and ‘senior moments’ become noticeable. Moreover, there is decrease in ability to pay close attention to tasks.
Another recent study from the Karolinska Intitute in Sweden shows that physical movement helps elderly persons boost their episodic memory. It was found that doing treadmill boosts the blood flow to the hippocampus, an organ important for long term memory and learning. It is located in the medial temporal lobe.
Moderate Intensity Aerobics
Oxygen intake is propelled with physical movements and aids in burning fat and carbs, so that muscles get energy to continue with their work. Cycling, swimming, running/jogging, brisk walking and dancing performed with moderate intensity are some of the aerobic exercises, in which the person breathes in as much oxygen as he or she expends. This implies the movement can carry on for long periods, as opposed to anaerobic exercise like strength training and short-distance running. Another research done in Germany has found that aerobic exercises boosts blood flow to the hippocampus in youngsters as well.