Exercise Improves Mental Abilities

By The National Institute of Health, March 27, 2014

“The effect of an exercise-based balance intervention on physical and cognitive performance for older adults: a pilot study” was produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and published by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health.


The purpose of the study was “To determine if individuals participating in an evidence-based exercise program to reduce falls would demonstrate improvements in both physical and cognitive performance.”


Their conclusion was “Balance is a skill that requires both physical and cognitive components. Research has demonstrated that participating in aerobic exercise and strength training exercise interventions can have an impact on cognitive performance.”


In other words: Yes, exercise helps you think better.


There are actually lots of studies that have produced an overwhelming amount of evidence showing the positive relationship between physical conditioning and cognitive (mental) ability. So, just like school children benefit from running around every day at recess, adults need their dose of brain-stimulating exercise each day, too.


Here’s the link to the website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21717919

 

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