Exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet is the corner stone of feeling and staying healthy. Regular exercise benefits all ages. Anyone who has gone without exercising for a while knows how it can fog up your brain. You may not even realize that your memory loss is due to lack of exercise. Most people chalk it up to senility.
A memory is made up of millions of neurons which your brain builds to make a connection so that you can have memories. As you age, your brain continues to develop neurons and build new connections. Research has proven that any type of cardiovascular activity when done for 20 minutes or more, three times per week will improve your memory.
You may ask yourself, how is this possible? Well, when you are exercising you are obviously raising your heart rate. The raised heart rate gets blood flowing to your brain. This blood flow enlarges the part of the brain which is responsible for brain memory. It also increases the secretion of a brain protein necessary for your long-term memory. The brain may be an organ, but it works like a muscle and it’s one of the most important organs in your body. You can let it atrophy by sitting around all day. Or you can choose to get up and jog your memory every day.
Most people think you have to go to the gym to work-out. You can go to a near-by park or even an outdoor mall and walk for minutes while you are getting fresh air and exercising. I would much prefer to be outdoors walking or biking than be on a tread-mill in a gym any day of the week.
If you are one of those people who dread your workouts, rethink about what your exercise routine could be. Go to a park, go for a walk, just get out and get moving. While you’re walking or biking, think about all that fresh air improving your mind, body and even your soul.
Bicycling is an inexpensive way to get the maximum workout and enjoy fresh air. Depending on your level of riding, you can do mountain biking, long distance riding, or jump on a rented beach cruiser.
So, get up off the sofa. Turn off the TV. Dust off your bike that’s been sitting around, and go for a bike ride or a walk. After a few minutes a day of exercising, you will see and feel the results and benefits of exercise.