A Swedish Professor recently reviewed a very large number of studies on memory improvement and the overwhelming evidence is that aerobic physical exercise is far superior to any other form of memory improvement exercises. Regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in memory and learning. Resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises did not enlarge the hippocampus in the same manner. Aerobic exercise dramatically increased the blood flow in the hippocampus and produced new blood vessels and new brain cells. After reviewing the research the Professor suggested that all people should try to elevate their hart rate by aerobic exercise for half an hour three times a week to prevent memory loss.
The Harvard Health Newsletter recently had an article saying the same thing. Everyone knows that aerobic exercise is good for your general health, but now studies show that it’s also one of the best ways for people to prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s.