Dr. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, gives us the good news that are ways easily at our disposal to prevent or slow down cognitive decline, even bring back memory function that we think we’ve lost. “Exercise turns out to be an excellent way to protect and enhance brain health, according to the May 2013 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch.”
According to Dr. Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2008) regular, moderately intense exercise helps maintain good physical health, but exercise also stimulates brain regions that are involved in memory function. When we exercise, –ideally five days a week of moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes, –we are using more brain cells including the production of genes which release a chemical known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF benefits the brain by rewiring memory circuits so they work better.
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