Did you know that your weekly Yogatone class or personal trainer session may be doing more for your brain that your biceps?
As we age, an area of our brain called the hippocampus shrinks a little bit each year, causing age-related memory impairments. Interestingly, a study by the National Academy of Sciences found that older adults who exercised regularly actually gained hippocampus volume. Participants in this study exercised for an hour a day, 4 times per week, and were able to increase their hippocampus mass by 30%!
Are you a student? Hit the gym the day of your next exam! Even just 30 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity will increase blood flow to your brain, which will improve your concentration and memory retention.