Increasing Cognitive Function: Can Exercise Help?

Increasing Cognitive Function: Can Exercise Help?

July 16, 2021

Most of us understand that moving our bodies is a necessary component of taking care of our health.  It helps us sleep better, manage stress, maintain a healthy body weight, keeps our muscles strong (especially as we age) and helps us mitigate chronic disease.  Additionally, exercise may help boost cognitive function.

Moderate-intensity exercise can help improve your thinking and memory in just six months, states a February 15, 2021, article in the Harvard Health Publishing at Harvard Medical School.  "There's a lot of science behind this," says Dr. Scott McGinnis, an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. 

Since each of our bodies is unique, science has yet to pinpoint exactly the type of exercise best for increasing cognitive function.  However, it suggests that regular exercise which gets your heart pumping and involves learning new skills or movement patterns, such as tai chi, shows promise. 

Click this link to read the full Harvard Medical School article: Exercise Can Boost Your Memory and Thinking Skills

Bonus Article:  A Neuroscientist Explains Exactly How Awesome Exercise Is for Your Brain