You Don’t Have To Hit The Gym To Get A Brain Boost

We know that exercise is good for the brain and body. But what kind of exercise might be best for improving cognitive function? A new study suggests that even mild physical activity can have a powerful effect on boosting brain power.

Researchers from the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM), an institution affiliated with the University of Montreal, recently found that gross motor activities were just as effective as more strenuous aerobic and strength-training exercise for improving executive function among healthy older adults.

The research was conducted on three groups of healthy participants between the ages of 62 and 84. Two groups underwent high-intensity aerobics and strength-training, while the third group performed tasks that targeted gross motor abilities, like coordination, balance, ball games, locomotive tasks, and flexibility. All three groups were found to have the same improvements in cognitive function, although only the aerobics and strength-training groups showed improvements in physical fitness after 10 weeks.

Cognitive improvements were found specifically in the domain of executive function, which involves attention regulation, planning, organization, strategy development, and remembering details.

What’s so encouraging about the findings is that motor ability tasks can easily be performed at home — unlike aerobics and —> Read More Here


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