By now, we all understand that regular physical activity has some pretty profound effects on our bodies. However, the positives don’t stop there. It never ceases to amaze me how far a mere 30-minutes of exercise can go—particularly when it comes to the brain.
Here are eight scientifically proven brain boosting benefits associated with just a half hour of exercise…
1. Quickens Decision Making & Problem Solving
A 2013 National Institutes of Health study found that exercise not only makes you quicker on your feet, but quicker when it comes to decision making abilities as well, by boosting the amount of white matter (connection making tissues) in the brain.
The study monitored the problem solving and decision making skills of a group of older adults who regularly exercised and weighed them against their sedentary counterparts. Researchers found that participants who enjoyed regular aerobic fitness had stronger white matter integrity and better cognitive speed.