by Sujatha Nanjundeshwara | 20 NOV 2017
Here is workout that increases your heartbeat and pumps oxygen throughout the body and yet doesn’t leave you short of breath.
And if you thought aerobics exercises meant trying to keep up with the instructor and the sound of music at the gym, then you have got it all wrong.
Aerobics includes an entire gamut of activities from cycling, swimming to running and even treadmill exercises.
When you do aerobics exercises, you can :
Knock off those extra pounds
Boost your heart’s health
Bring down those stress and anxiety levels
Say bye to those mood swings
And as a recent Medical News Today study emphasized, you can beat depression as well with low- intensity workouts!
We have always assumed that age and senility go hand in hand. As the body ages, so does the brain. And it decreases in size by around 5% every 10 years after 40 years of age.
So should we give up any attempt to reverse this natural process as a futile effort?
Certainly not, say researchers.
Studies on animal models have proven that any form of physical exercise benefits the brain to such an extent, that it promotes growth of nerve tissue and prevents this cognitive decline.
Does this apply to humans as well? The evidence till date had been fairly limited on this issue.
Researchers from NICM at Western Sydney University in Australia and their colleagues from Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have run a study on this subject and published their findings in the journal NeuroImage.
Some of the highlights of this study how aerobic exercise might impact brain are:
Participants ranged in the age group of 24 and 76 years old with an average age of the group being 66 years.
The group comprised of healthy adults, individuals with mild cognitive impairment depression, and even schizophrenia.
Scientists reviewed 14 different clinical trials with a pooled data source 737 brain scans taken before and after enrolling for aerobic exercise programs.
Some participants had workout programs that included walking, others stationary cycling and still others did treadmill exercises.
The program lasted between 3 and 24 months and had two to five exercise sessions per week.
Here’s a brief summary of what the researchers discovered at the end of the program:
While aerobic exercises did not impact the overall volume of the Hippocampus ( the brain region that helps us to form and consolidate of memory as well in verbal learning) it can boost the size of the left part of the brain of this region.
Lead author Joseph Firth of NCIM says, ‘brain benefits’ are due to aerobic exercise allowing down the deterioration of the brain size.
These results may also help prevent the onset of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimers. Bottom-line? Aerobic exercise serve as a maintenance program of the brain.
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