If you want to build a better brain, you won’t go wrong with exercise. We’ve seen study after study on how the brain benefits from exercise:
- Sports and Physical Activity are Important for Brain Development and Academic Performance
- Exercise Makes You Smarter
- Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to enhance the brain
“Exercise—especially aerobic exercise—is fantastic for the brain, increasing executive function scores anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent.” – John Medina, Brain Rules for Baby
What kind of exercises help build a better brain?
If we can build a better brain with any exercise, is there a minimum quantity that we need to reap the benefits?
How much exercise to build a better brain?
According to a study from the University of Georgia, even exercising briefly for 20 minutes can facilitate information processing and memory functions. If you want to improve your memory, another study suggests 120 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week. The study by Cameron et al. 2014, found that moderate physical activity, including brisk walking, at least five days a week for at least 30 minutes should be our minimum target, even if we’re young twenty-somethings at the prime of brain function.