The positive effect of regular exercise on brain functions of middle age people was determined. Recent researches made by the Canberra University in Australia, showed that exercising at least four times a week is beneficial in terms of mental health for people over 50 years. The results of the study were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers from Canberra University made 39 different studies about the effects of physical exercise on the brain functions of people. According to the results of the studies, it was found that as the muscles are operated regularly; the thinking and memory skills improve. For the people over 50 who mostly have cognitive decline, this result was also valid and hope-inspiring.
There made various brain tests on individuals over 50 years and determined that exercises such as aerobics developed cognitive skills such as reading, thinking, learning and reasoning. Muscular exercises by using weight had a significant positive effect on the brain’s administrative functions, such as memory, planning and organizing.
The researchers stated that exercise is useful for the brain and body at all ages. They have noted that T’ai Chi, a meditation form of kung-fu, contributes to cognitive activities, especially in people over 50 years of age. Moderate exercise once or twice a week will possibly improve the cognitive functions of people over middle age. However, if you do more exercise, the improvement will be quickly.
It has been known that physical activities are able to reduce the risk of having diseases such as type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. It is also thought to be beneficial in protecting cognitive abilities that develop with age progression. But, the results of last studies showed that physical exercises not only protect cognitive abilities, but also help them to improve. Thus, if you want to protect both your physical and mental health, do exercise at least three or four times a week.