Regular exercise has a positive effect on the brain
Those who play sports live healthier. Sufficient exercise not only ensures strong muscles, but also has a positive effect on brain performance and can even minimize the risk of a stroke or dementia. However, the prerequisite for this is that physical activity is so strenuous that you start to sweat a lot. Scientists from the Clinic for Neurology at the Central Clinic Bad Berka have now come to this conclusion.
Meta-analysis shows increased performance through sport
Exercise is not only good for physical health, it also has a positive effect on the brain. What experts repeatedly emphasize has now been confirmed by doctors at the 86th Congress of the German Society for Neurology (DGN) in Dresden. According to a meta-analysis that regular exercise can improve memory and memory performance, explained the chief physician of the clinic for neurology of the central clinic Bad Berka, Carl Reimers.
Alzheimer's risk reduced by 37 percent
Both short and long-term effects can be seen, for example in older people there is a 37 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's with regular exercise. In the case of minor cognitive deficits, a decrease of 46 percent can be observed. But not only older people benefit from sport: “The effect is independent of age. Exercise and exercise also increase brain performance in adolescents, ”adds Professor Barbara Tettenborn, chief physician at the Department of Neurology at the Cantonal Hospital. Short-term loads of up to an hour would improve information processing and response times. Long-term training could also increase attention, processing speed and memory.
Sweating is a requirement
But to exercise not only the body but also the brain, a little physical activity alone is not enough. Instead, it is important to make sure that you don't exert yourself completely, but still train so that the body sweats. Because according to the experts, it can be assumed that there is a connection between increased thinking ability and blood circulation. As soon as the performance of the heart and blood vessels increases, the brain receives more nutrients and becomes more powerful. In contrast, the relaxation exercises could not bring about an increase in performance.
Personal influence on brain health should be used more
According to the spokesman for the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Dresden, Professor Gerd Kempermann, how healthy one stays in old age depends on many factors - genetic as well as environmental. However, according to Kempermann, your own options should not be underestimated, because "we have a portion that should not be underestimated ourselves: exercise and physical activity are a simple, literally side effect-free prescription against memory loss in old age, which we should use much more." (No)
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