From walking and jogging to running, we've heard it all. We've heard how beneficial exercise is for good health. So much so, that there was a big trend in buying treadmills and exercise bikes. Now, we hear a lot about people running marathons and buying smart fitness watches. But how many actually stick to their resolution to exercise. It is easy to add fitness gear to the online shopping cart. But it takes a lot of determination and courage to stick to it, despite the aches and pains.
So, what's in it for those who stick to their exercise regime? Turns out, there is a lot. Apart from helping to manage weight gain and better mental health, the benefits outweigh the initial discomfort that cause people to drop out.
Better your brain's health with exercise
A new Australian study has revealed that exercise can help improve memory and can even be good for the brain. Researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine found that the areas of the brain responsible for memory was positively impacted with aerobic exercise. We all know that as we age our health deteriorates. Muscle function and nerve function decrease and even our memories appear a bit fuzzy. Did you know that the brain shrinks by about 5 % when you reach age 40? Shocking isn't it. Aerobic exercise is thought to improve brain and memory function. So what exactly is aerobic exercise. To put it simply, it is the exercises that involve cycling, walking and even running on the treadmill.
So what happens when we exercise? If you can't still buy the fact that exercise can help improve brain function, you need to know this. Every time you exercise, a chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor is released. This chemical is responsible for preventing any brain function decline brought on by age. This not only helps keep any age-related brain function decline at bay, but can also prevent neurodegenerative disorders like dementia or even Alzheimers.
Is stress messing with your brain?
Be it stress at work, a difficult marriage life or even a health condition you are battling. Stress can be pretty ugly Only those who have been stressed to a breaking point can agree how ugly it can get and how detrimental it can be to your health. Turns out, exercise can help with that too. Stress causes a lot of memory issues. Exercise can help beat chronic stress.
The hippocampus in our brain is responsible for brain functions like learning and memory. For those who are unfamiliar with medical jargon, the hippocampus works optimally when the connections between the neurons are strong. Think of it like this. A wire carrying electric current, if left loose from the power socket wouldn't conduct electricity. This is what happens when we are under stress. Te nerve junctions called synapses are affected. If you are under chronic stress, you may be at greater risk for weak synapses, that could cause memory problems and even learning and retaining difficulties.
Now don't end up getting more stressed after reading this. There is a simple and cost-effective solution that just needs a bit of discipline on your part. It is none other than - exercise! Turns out exercise has a very protective barrier like effect to protect you from the negative effects of stress. So what are you waiting for? Put on your sweat pants and get a move on.
Too busy to exercise? Just spare a minute for better health
Those who say they are too busy to find time for exercise, turns out that even one minute of exercise is better than no exercise at all. This time focussing on the menopausal women out there, researchers at University of Exeter and the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom found that even one minute of short-burst high intensity workout can be beneficial for bone health. The findings are clear that a little exercise is much better than no exercise at all! Osteoporosis is a common problem faced by menopausal women everywhere. This causes bones to be weak and can even cause them to easily break easiy.
So, what are the exercises that can help reap the benefits of better bones? High intensity, weight bearing exercise is very helpful in this regard. This could be something like running for 2 minutes in a day. On another note, the researchers revealed that the short bursts of activity were more beneficial than continuous activity for a long period of time. The National Osteoporosis Society in UK advise that before you decide to take up any new type of exercise, menopausal women should take up walking everyday as the first step for better bone health.