Time to ditch the Sudoku, crosswords and those brain game apps! Countless research showing the link between brain health and exercise have been popping up over the last few years – more reasons to consider an active lifestyle and to get your kids active from a young age. Exercise not only makes you smarter, but makes you more efficient, proving that workplaces could also benefit by having a gym break or a stroll break during office hours – something interesting to share with your boss.
In one study, vigorous exercise was shown to improve IQ scores by 3.8 points and test scores. Exercise releases BDNF or brain-derived neurotrophic factor (a protein that makes your neurons healthier), and has been shown to potentially increase the size of the part of the brain responsible for forming memory – the hippocampus.
Here’s an infographic summarizing a few studies that might interest you: