Aerobics Improve Brain Function

Boosts Volume and Gray Matter




Nejron Photo/Shutterstock.com

Researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function.

Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group. The aerobic group participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise four times per week for six months, while the others did stretching exercises at the same rate. The researchers used magnetic resolution imaging with each participant at the beginning of the study and after six months to determine potential changes in the brain.

They found that both groups showed volume increases in gray matter regions linked to short-term memory, but the aerobic group displayed a larger preservation of overall brain volume. They also had greater improvements in cognitive function.


This article appears in the November 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Read Our Current Issue

Erling Kagge on Our Deep Need For Silence

The explorer and author speaks on how silence is golden and can be achieved anytime, anywhere by going within.

Imperfectly Perfect Pets

Like humans, pets can face physical and mental challenges, but fresh approaches are giving our beloved animals fuller, happier days.

A Kinder Heart

To transcend society’s hectic pace and intrusive demands, we can relax deeply into our heart center and experience the all-embracing love that is always there.

Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D

Without adequate amounts of magnesium in the body, vitamin D supplements can’t be metabolized; high amounts may even increase the risk of vascular calcification.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Resolution Chicago Presents Hypnosis/NLP Trainer Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall will conduct Hypnosis Certification Training from noon to 8 p.m. for three days starting October 21 and NLP Certification Training from October 28 to November 6, along with TimeLine Resolution Certification Training.

Go Green at Wilmette Environmental Fair

The sixth annual Wilmette Community Environmental Fair, Going Green Matters, held at the Woman’s Club of Wilmette, will have be refreshments and fun activities for all ages.

Lama Surya Das Meditation Immersion

Creating Malas and More For a Higher Power

Intention and meditation have always been the cornerstone of Chicago area company Made As Intended.

Awakening Your Spirit Outdoors

Time spent outside can refresh and energize both mind and body, and feeling attuned to nature can be a spiritual experience. Two local organizations offer a variety of organized nature trips designed to revitalize your connection with the outdoors and awaken your spirit.

The Yin and Yang of Winter

Throughout the winter months, notice the Yin and the Yang in your life and the feeling they create in you.