Looking for ways to improve your mental acuity? Try a little exercise.
Researchers in Sweden analyzed 13 studies that looked at the connection between exercise and the brain. They discovered that as little as two minutes of cardiovascular exercise improved “learning memory, planning and problem solving, concentration” and “verbal fluency” in participants aged 18 to 35. Exercise increased blood flow to the brain, thus helping new cells to grow.
Exercise also offers benefits for those who are older. A study of people with an average age of 66 showed that aerobic exercise gave them the same cognitive benefits. And it’s as simple as going for a brisk walk or bike ride!
“Want to Study Better? Just Two Minutes of Exercise Beforehand Could Help,” CNN, cnn.com, Sept. 11, 2020.