Why your brain needs exercise

Why your brain needs exercise

Our evolutionary history explains why physical activity is important for brain health

Scientific American has a fascinating article about the links between exercise and cognitive health. It's quite dense but worth the read!


Although it is still too early to make specific prescriptions for combining exercise and cognitive tasks, we can say with certainty that exercise is a key player in preserving brain function as we age.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines suggest that people should engage in aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity or at least 75 minutes a week at a vigorous intensity (or an equivalent combination of the two). Meeting or exceeding these exercise recommendations is good for the body and may improve brain health.

You can find more about this in the article here.

Why your brain needs exercise

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