There’s never been a better time to get up and get moving.
It’s recommended that Australians do between 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate physical activity per week, but even small amounts can have a lasting effect on your health.
A new study has found exactly how impactful a daily two minute walk can be to your brain function including your memory, problem solving skills and concentration.
Swedish scientists discovered how small periods of exercise can be extremely beneficial to the brain, especially for people aged between 18 and 35.
Exercising makes nerve cells in the brain more active and increases dopamine levels – a ‘chemical messenger’ within the body that helps our brains to think and plan.
The study, which was carried out in Jonkoping and Linkoping universities in Sweden, also found that the brain had increased levels of a protein called 'brain-derived neurotrophic factor' after a short burst of moderate exercise.
So, taking time out for a simple two-minute walk can promote positive brain function for at least two hours, while more intense exercise has an even longer lasting effect on the brain.
Participants in the study were asked to exercise for a series of intervals ranging from two minutes to one hour. They were then given brain exercise to complete.
These findings were then put together with findings from other similar studies to complete the research.
“This systematic review strongly suggests that aerobic, physical exercise followed by a brief recovery... improves attention, concentration, and learning and memory functions,” the authors of the study wrote.
Well, there you have it. The surprisingly easy way you can boost your memory!
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