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Exercise to boost brain power 

By  Lysette Offley

Exercise to boost brain power - photo of cricketerExercise boosts memory and cognitive performance – so says new research.

10-40 minute bursts of activity immediately boosts concentration and focus – probably because of increased blood flow in the brain.

So who could blame us for racing round the block for 20 minutes before an exam?

Another bit of research showed that 9 year olds who took a brisk walk had activity in the brain regions associated with focused attention and filtering out noise and other distractions during a mental test.

Of course, time engaged in physical activity in schools has been reduced over the years. What affect might this have had on the children’s brain development, I wonder? I guess the intention was to fere up more curriculum time for academic endeavour – and yet, it’s possible we’ve shot ourselves in the foot, if this research is anything to go by.

Exercise stimulates the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as BDNF, which in turn, encourages the growth of new brain cells, in areas of the brain responsible for reasoning.

What exercise you can take, and what beneficial effect does it make on the brain.

For instant brain power

  • Skipping with a rope
  • Running on the spot
  • Squats

To alleviate depression

  • Steady exercise (aim to burn 350 calories) 3 times a week

Improve learning

  • Learn a new workout

Retaining memory in the elderly

  • Mild daily activity
  • Short walks
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning

Read more about this in The Daily Dose.

Lysette Offley

With 40 years of experience, Lysette Offley is a Memory and Mindset Coach to women and men at the top of their game in the Financial Services Industry who recognise the value of continual personal and professional development and support to achieve a healthy work-life balance, along with satisfaction and fulfilment.

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