Exercise and Brain Health
Have you ever wondered if there was a single magical activity that could either make you feel and look beautiful, lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, prevent depression, and reduce brain fog that comes with age?In any case, there is one such activity that does it all:Exercise.Planned, structured, and consistent physical activity with the goal of improving or maintaining one’s physical health is known as exercise.When you exercise, you typically work up a sweat and increase your heart rate and breathing rate.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activity.Two or more days per week should be spent engaging in activities that strengthen major muscle groups.If a person over the age of 65 is generally fit and does not have any limiting health conditions, the CDC and NHS recommend the same amount of exercise.We can at least try to be as physically active as our abilities or health conditions allow in the event that our health prevents us from doing so.
Walking, dancing, biking, hiking, and other moderate-intensity exercises are examples.Our heart rate will rise during vigorous intensity exercise—hiking uphill, vigorous dancing, jogging, or running, and rapid swimming—all of which are considered vigorous activities.Strengthening your muscles is an important part of staying healthy and shouldn’t be ignored.According to the CDC, having stronger muscles makes it easier to do the things we do every day and lowers our risk of falling.Yoga, lifting heavy shopping bags, and performing exercises that use our own body weight, such as squats and pushups, can help strengthen our muscles.
Exercise also affects how much of the major neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin are secreted, which has been linked to treating depression.Exercise indirectly improves mood, sleep, and anxiety and stress levels.Cognitive impairment is frequently brought on or contributed to by problems in these areas of our lives.