The Exercise That Boosts Memory and Thinking

cardio exercises to do at home
Do you keep telling yourself you will go to the gym later, when you have more time? That you will sacrifice your fitness to focus just on your work? That is taking two chances, one on your health and one on your work.
Of course work is important. But the problem is, you lose out on your fitness, because not exercising is like skipping routine maintenance on your car.
And what about the brain?
More and more research is telling us the importance of staying active, for the brain.
A new study finds that young adults who run or participate in other cardio fitness activities may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age.
Middle age was defined as ages 43 to 55.
“Many studies show the benefits to the brain of good heart health,” said study author David R. Jacobs, Jr, PhD, with the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes.”
Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of how well your body transports oxygen to your muscles, and how well your muscles are able to absorb the oxygen during exercise.
People who had smaller decreases in their time completed on the treadmill test 20 years later were more likely to perform better on the executive function test than those who had bigger decreases.
“These changes were significant, and while they may be modest, they were larger than the effect from one year of aging,” Jacobs said.
“Other studies in older individuals have shown that these tests are among the strongest predictors of developing dementia in the future. One study showed that every additional word remembered on the memory test was associated with an 18-percent decrease in the risk of developing dementia after 10 years,” he added.