Exercise Makes Middle-aged People Smarter
A study confirmed that overweight man who exercises on a regular basis for four months are able to lose weight. In addition, their mental abilities apparently also increased.
The study was conducted on men, with an average age of 49 years old, who do high-intensity exercise interspersed with breaks twice a week. They also do other types of exercise, including weightlifting and cycling.
Four months later, all participants performed mental tasks, including tests of attention, speed of processing, short term memory and flexibility of thinking with better results.
Experts at the University of Montreal at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress believes that men’s brain are benefited thanks to the health of blood vessels. The brain also uses oxygen better. According to researcher Anil Nigam, exercise makes cognitive of the participants increased. “You can take cholesterol pill but it does not affect cognitive function,” he said as quoted by HealthNews.
Scientists say a brief period of high and low intensity exercise such as aerobics and running for 30 seconds followed by 30 seconds of walking or jogging repeatedly will give significant results.
Dr Nigam added, cognitive function, VO2max and oxygenation of the brain during testing revealed that participants’ cognitive function greatly increased thanks to the exercise.
“We also found a significant increase in insulin sensitivity, along with scores on tests of cognitive and oxygenation in the brain during exercise. Insulin sensitivity is the ability of sugar to enter body tissues, especially the liver and muscles,” he said.