Brain Exercise Connection is Beyond Doubt - Cardio Vascular
Training Increases Brain Adaptability  
by Robert Britt
reading this, you are over thirty. And that loss eventually will be around fifteen
percent of the cerebral cortex and 30 percent of the brain's white matter.  But
everyone "knows" we only use a small percentage of our brains anyway, so what
does it matter? It matters because that 'small percentage' thing is pure nonsense.
We need to do everything we can to help brain function.

In comes cardio. In the past 40 years there have been eighteen studies on the
impact of aerobic exercise on cognitive ability. (For those who need more time on a
treadmill, that means "thinking power") In those studies there was a positive
correlation between cognitive ability and aerobic training in people over 55. This
increased brain power came with as little as three months of cardiovascular training.
So three months of regular aerobic exercise made people's brains more flexible
(increased plasticity) and better able to adapt to change. Longer training times (more
than 3 months) proved to be even more beneficial.

You don't have to visit nursing homes to know that you want to keep your brain
functioning at as high a level as you can for as long as you can. I do shows at nursing
homes and it is amazing how people of the same approximate age have very
different levels of awareness. Some of the really old folks have the highest levels
while younger ones may not. Two factors are involved. One is that they have
hobbies and are still interested in learning and growing mentally, and the other is they
are more physically mobile. Even those people in wheel chairs can be more active by
physically moving their own chairs rather than allowing staff to be in control.

Slight tangent there, but I feel personal experience added to the studies done adds
more credibility to them. So yet another compelling reason to add exercise to your
regular routine.


About The Author

Robert Britt

Cognitive ability is affected by physical and mental stimulation. Do you want to
stimulate a change in your life?
.  Is ten minutes too much
time to spend to live better?
Pardon the pun, but it's a no brainer
that cardiovascular training is good
for your overall health. Their really
can be no doubt that having a strong
heart and a good circulatory system
is beneficial to your state of wellness,
but did you know that studies have
proven conclusively that cardio
vascular health also impacts brain
function?

Most people aren't aware that brain
begins losing tissue in their thirties.
Obviously this should be a huge
concern to a large percentage of the
population. Odds are if you are here
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