Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t.
So what should you do? Start exercising! We don’t know exactly which exercise is best or how much exercise is required. These study participants walked briskly for one hour, twice a week. That’s 120 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week. The standard recommendation is half an hour of moderate physical activity most days of the week, or 150 minutes a week. If that seems daunting, start with a few minutes a day, and increase the amount you exercise by five or 10 minutes every week until you reach your goal.
If you don’t want to walk, consider other moderate-intensity exercises, such as swimming, stair climbing, tennis, squash, or dancing. Don’t forget that household activities can count as well, such as intense floor mopping, raking leaves, or anything that gets your heart pumping so much that you break out in a light sweat.
Whatever exercise and motivators you choose, commit to establishing exercise as a habit, almost like taking a prescription medication. Exercise is medicine, and that can go on the top of anyone’s list of reasons to work out.
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