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Aerobic/ Physical Exercise

Here you have SharpBrains’ 5 most popular articles on the brain, cognition and aerobic/ physical exercise since 2006. Remember that you can subscribe to our free monthly Newsletter to receive new articles on the topic.

The brain virtues of physical exercise
– By Dr. Adrian Preda
Let me start with a list of common biases: expensive is better than cheap, free is of dubious value (why would then be free?), rare is likely to be valuable, and while new is better than old, ancient is always best. Which explains a common scenario that is reenacted about twice a week in my office. It starts like this: a patient shows me a fancy looking bottle of the brain supplement of the week[…]
Physical Exercise and Brain Health
– By Dr. Pascale Michelon
What is the connection between physical and mental exercises? Do they have additive effects on brain health? Are they redundant?Let’s start by reviewing what we know about the effects of physical exercise on the brain and cognitive performance. Early studies compared groups of people who exercised to groups of people who did not exercise much. Results showed that people who exercised usually had better performance in a range of cognitive tasks compared to non-exercisers.[…]
Waltzing Your Way to Physical and Mental Fitness
– By Caroline Latham
“From a mind-body perspective, anything you do successfully on the physical end will positively affect your mental and emotional states.” commented Jenny Susser, Ph.D., a sports psychologist at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, a leading center for sports medicine. The article goes on to say:[…]
Exercising the body is exercising the mind
– By Dr. Adrian Preda
One of the most important development in neuroscience was when the official dogma claiming that there was no neurogenesis (production of new brain cells) in the adult brain was toppled. Now we know that the brain is “plastic” meaning that, under the right circumstances, the brain can change in terms of both producing new cells and getting more cells connected to each other. […]
Art Kramer on Why We Need Walking Book Clubs
– By Alvaro Fernandez
Dr. Arthur Kramer is a Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Psychology, the Campus Neuroscience Program, the Beckman Institute, and the Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the University of Illinois.
I am honored to interview him today.
Dr. Kramer, thank you for your time. Let’s start by trying to clarify some existing misconceptions […]