The physical health advantages of frequent exercise are seemingly endless: weight loss, decreased the risk of heart disease and diabetes, lower blood pressure, and a decreased risk of depression, to name a few. Less understood is the connection between physical exercise and brain health. A recent study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience by researchers at McMaster University have identified an exciting connection between body and mind, specifically as memory is concerned. The study suggests that interval training can help improve memory and decrease the risk of falling victim to the devastating neurological effects of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s as you age.
- New Study Connects Exercise to Brain Health, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease [Press]
- Heisz et al. (2017). The Effects of Physical Exercise and Cognitive Training on Memory and Neurotrophic Factors [Research]