Life style packed with self-discipline, regular exercise and healthy food habits at an early age produce excellent health and better brain performance later in life reveals recent research.
Exercise increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also releases helpful hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells.
Exercising builds muscle strength, makes heart strong, maintain healthy body weight, and keep chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension at bay. Exercise also helps boost thinking skills as per Dr. Scott McGinnis, Dept. of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Unfortunately, today’s parents are more concerned about homework, scoring more marks and attaining academic excellence for their children. In the bargain, children skip exercise. After school hours children are busier in the usage of mobile technology, social media and they play more games on cellular phones than on the grounds.
The recent scientific study point that children in their early 20s who were actively involved in playing, regularly exercising, involved in good workouts had scored higher on tests of thinking, memory, and problem solving 30 years later in their life. However, Children who had a sedentary lifestyle in their early 20s had poor memory and have performed badly in thinking and problem-solving in the latter part of their life. The study was conducted on 189 participants who were followed for 30 years.
The finding of the study is an eye-opener for all children to perform some sort of physical activity to keep their brain function at the highest order during adulthood.
The results specify that people need to take extra attention to their health in their early 20s.
The findings were released in advance of being presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2020 Annual Meeting.
What is good for the Heart, is good for the Brain
Commenting on the findings for Medscape Medical News, Rebecca Edelmayer, PhD, director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, said that the longitudinal study adds to the growing body of research showing that “what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.”
Ref: A Healthy Heart in Youth Protects the Brain Later On-Medscape-Mar04,2020.
Pramod N Sulikeri