A 10-minute run may not do much for your fitness, but it can do wonders for your brain.
Not sure whether to zig to the left or zig to the right to reach your company’s quarterly goals? A short jog is meant to stimulate neuronal activity in the area of your brain responsible for fast, clear thinking, according to a study in the journal Brain Health. Nature.
“After 10 minutes of moderate-intensity walking, the results showed that the bilateral prefrontal cortex was activated, with faster reaction times and increased mood on cognitive tasks,” says lead author Chorfaka Damarongthai, Tsukuba in Ibaraki. A researcher from the University, Japan.
To test cognition, the scientists asked study participants to complete a brainteaser and compared it to non-exercisers. While you don’t necessarily have to lace up your trainers to reap the brain benefits, if pavement pounding isn’t your thing, a session on your stationary bike may not cut it, warns Damrongthai.
Reason: Neurons in this part of the brain are activated by the whole body, weight-bearing movement. To give them some juice, try hiking, kickboxing or tennis instead.
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