Staying motivated: a training guide
What’s good for your heart is generally good for your mind—and research shows breaking a sweat on a regular basis can boost brain health in several ways.
First, exercise is tied to improved cognition, which includes better memory, attention and executive function—things like controlling emotions and completing tasks. It can enhance the speed with which you process and react to information, too, along with your capacity to draw from your past knowledge and experiences.
Getting physical is also linked to slower age-related cognitive decline, where we gradually lose our thinking, focus and memory skills.
Some research indicates it prevents shrinkage of the hippocampus—the part of the brain crucial for learning and remembering things. Experts also believe it stimulates chemical activity in the brain that could contribute to better cognition.
Finally, exercise may help lower your chances of developing other conditions connected to dementia, including cardiovascular disease.