Every week it seems like we are reminded of the perks of staying active, eating well and exercising. It’s in our magazines, on our television, and even online in our favorite blogs. But did you know that exercise, even the smallest amount, does wonders for your brain’s fitness too?
Got a big test coming up? Need to remember names for that company networking event? Take a stroll.
Small amounts of exercise all throughout the day wake our brain up and make it more alert to handle the mental challenges of the day ahead.
In a study conducted at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, participants were separated into groups: Some exercised in the mornings, others in the afternoon and the rest didn’t exercise. All groups were administered comprehension tests at given points throughout the day.
The ones who participated in morning or afternoon exercise fared much better on these tests than those who didn’t exercise.
According to David Winter, M.D., on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, “It’s likely that walking, even for just 10 minutes a day, increases blood flow to the brain and enhances our ability to concentrate throughout the day.”
So next time you’re overwhelmed with information, stressed or about to grab that 2 o’clock afternoon coffee, opt for a quick walk around the office or around your building and give your brain the break it needs. Check out more from the mentioned study or watch the video with Dr. David Winter below.