Study of older Australians find a morning bout of moderate-intensity exercise improves cognitive performance like decision-making across the day compared to prolong sitting without exercise. Furthermore, the study show that a morning bout of exercise combine with brief light-intensity walking breaks to frequently disrupt sitting throughout an 8-hour day can boost your short-term memory compared to uninterrupted sitting, according to the study publish in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Responses in cognitive performance
The ‘Brain Breaks’ study, led by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and The University of Western Australia; also shows that the distinct responses in cognitive performance; so to exercise versus exercise and sitting breaks point to different patterns of physical activity being able to enhance distinct aspects of cognition.
The study of more than 65 males and females aged 55—80 years; hence examine the effects of acute morning exercise on a treadmill with and without brief 3 minute; so walking breaks during an 8-hour day of prolong sitting; also assess aspects of cognition and concentration including psychomotor function; attention; executive function such as decision-making; visual learning and working memory.
Central to mediating the benefits of exercise on learning and memory is brain-derive neurotropic growth factor; so a protein which plays an important role in the survival and growth of information-transmitting; hence neurons in the brain. The results demonstrate that this protein was elevate for 8 hours; so during both exercise conditions, relative to prolong sitting.
Uninterrupted sitting be avoid
Physical activity researcher, Michael Wheeler says the study highlights that uninterrupted sitting should be avoid to maintain optimal cognition across the day, and that moderate intensity exercise such as a brisk walk be encourage for the daily maintenance of brain health.
He says the study also reveals that not all aspects of cognition respond; so in the same way to a given dose of exercise and that it may be possible to manipulate the pattern; hence of activity across the day to optimise specific cognitive outcomes. With an ageing population which is looking to live healthier for longer; hence these studies are critical to people enjoying a productive and satisfying quality of life,” Michael says.
This study highlights how relatively simple changes to your daily routine could have a significant benefit to your cognitive health. It also reveals that one day they may be able to do specific types of exercise to enhance specific cognitive skills such as memory or learning.