You may know that exercises are good for your body, but they are also beneficial for your aging brain. Can you avoid age-related brain disorders by doing exercises? And the answer is, yes. Here are top 3 brain exercises that you should know.
How exercises can help the aging brain
Physical exercises can help prevent memory loss, or Alzheimer’s. Exercises can help reduce insulin resistance, inflammation, and stimulate the growth of brain cells in the brain, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, or even the survival of new brain cells. These are important as your brain has less brain cells, the blood vessels can get trouble when you become older.
Studies have shown that physical exercises can help you have good periods of sleep and good emotional health. Good sleep can help reduce stress and anxiety from life or work that can have bad impacts on your cognitive function.
Aerobic exercises considered low-impact exercises that do not put much pressure on your muscles, joints, and bones. These exercises can make your heart beat faster. When the heart beats faster, it can pump more blood to the brain. This is good for the development of new neurons and the connection between them.
Some common types of aerobic exercises include brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming. You may benefit from 45 minutes of exercises per day, at least three times a week.
Yoga is an ancient type of workout that has been used for several years. It focuses on the connection between the mind and the body. Thus, you may find the peacefulness between them.
You can try Sahaja yoga. This type of yoga can help reduce anxiety, improve the quality of life, and control stress. Hatha yoga is also a good type that can help you reduce pressure.
You can take part in a yoga class for professional instruction, or do yoga at home. You do not need too many gears to do yoga. Maybe just a mat is needed.
Tai chi, also known as chi chuan, comes from China. Today, tai chi can be used as a form of exercise. It is a system of gentle physical exercises and stretching. Tai chi involves slow movements that are done with deep breaths. You do these movements in a flow without pause. Thus, your body is in a smooth motion. Tai chi is generally safe, but if you have fractures, or joint problems (commonly occurs when you are aging), you should ask your health care provider before you do tai chi.
Anyone can benefit from exercises, even the older people. Every part of your body can benefit from exercises, even the brain. However, discuss with your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider about suitable types of exercises.
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Review Date: April 10, 2017 | Last Modified: April 10, 2017
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