Moderate exercise is very beneficial for your health, especially for keeping your memory sharp, several studies have shown. The question then; what is the best moderate exercise to do?
For example, previous research showed that aerobic exercise preserves brain health and reduces the risk of getting dementia. Another study reported that walking 4,000 steps each day can boost cognitive function in older adults.
What type of moderate exercise is best?
One thing is certain: Too much sitting is detrimental to your overall health, both physically and mentally. Mentally, being sedentary harms the temporal lobe in your brain, an area that plays a key role in processing memories and language.
Moderate Exercise: New Study
Twenty-four participants were EEG monitored while performing memory tasks in different conditions:
- seated on a stationary bicycle
- pedaling on a bicycle,
- standing on a treadmill,
- walking on a treadmill
The results showed that participants’ visual working memory worked best when they were cycling or walking, rather than seated or standing.
Aerobic exercise and upright posture significantly increased speed of processing and reduced error rates compared to the other groups.
Moreover, the brain also appears to benefit during exercise and not only, just after the exercise is completed.
The key point to be taken from these results is that cognitive performance and memory processing improve and stay at a higher level with consistent exercise.