We know that physical activity helps to mitigate the risks of developing preventable diseases like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes etc associated with a sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity. It is also known that exercise helps to improve memory and cognition.
A recent small scale study showed that by engaging in regular exercise at work people are more engaged, less tired, more motivated and have greater energy. So make physical activity a regular part of your lunch time break.
Exercising at work to boost your productivity.
Hot off the press, is the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee report, building on the evidence for exercise training and health benefits from 2008.
It has been well documented that exercise is beneficial in the prevention of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, obesity and certain cancers such as breast and colon. This update now extends those benefits to include: improved sleep quality, better cognitive function, assisting in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, reducing fall rates in the elderly, helping to prevent more cancers including, kidney, stomach, breast, lung and bladder.
There has never been a better time to start exercising.
2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report
Exercise is important for children, especially with the growing rates of childhood obesity. This study looked at cognition and exercise in children and found that children who undertook motor specific exercise had better cognitive function (working memory) than those children who just did cardiovascular exercise.
Motor skills based exercise and children
This is a great article looking at some current research supporting the use of exercise in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease
This article reveals some cutting edge research into the link between exercise and brain function. To briefly summarise, this research shows that moderate intensity exercise affects brain systems involved in working memory processes.
Brain function improved with cardio.
This article shines a light on a recent study conducted in the USA which showed that regular aerobic exercise (120 minutes per week) which gets your heart rate up and has you sweating. Increases an area of the brain which is involved with verbal learning and memory.