Physical activity is essential for maintaining optimal health and wellbeing, but did you know that it also has many benefits for brain health and cognitive function? In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of regular physical activity for brain health and cognitive function and how you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
Understanding the Benefits of Regular Physical Activity for Brain Health and Cognitive Function:
Improves Memory: Regular physical activity has been shown to improve memory function. Exercise increases the production of neurotrophic factors, which promote the growth and survival of neurons in the brain.
Dr. Mariam Al Jassmi, a specialist in neurology at Mubadala Health Dubai, says, “Regular physical activity can help improve memory function, particularly in older adults.”
Reduces Risk of Cognitive Decline: Regular physical activity has also been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Exercise improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which can help prevent damage to brain cells and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Dr. Al Jassmi advises, “Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining optimal brain health and reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Consider incorporating aerobic exercise, such as jogging or cycling, into your routine for maximum benefit.”
Improves Executive Function: Executive function refers to a set of cognitive skills that are essential for planning, decision-making, and problem-solving. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve executive function.
Dr. Al Jassmi says, “Regular physical activity can help improve executive function, particularly in children and adolescents. Consider incorporating physical activity into your child’s daily routine to improve their cognitive function and academic performance.”
Incorporating Physical Activity into Your Daily Routine:
Set Realistic Goals:
Setting realistic goals can help you incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Start with small goals, such as taking a 10-minute walk after dinner or doing 10 minutes of yoga in the morning.
Dr. Nada Al Marzouqi, a specialist in family medicine at Mubadala Health Dubai, advises, “When setting goals, ensure that they are achievable and realistic. This can help you maintain motivation and avoid burnout.”
Find an Activity You Enjoy: Finding an activity you enjoy can help you stay motivated and consistent with your physical activity routine. This can include activities such as dancing, swimming, or playing a sport.
Dr. Al Marzouqi suggests, “Finding an activity you enjoy can help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Additionally, consider finding a workout buddy or joining a group fitness class for added motivation.”
Make it a Habit: Making physical activity a habit can help you incorporate it into your daily routine. Consider scheduling physical activity into your day, such as taking a walk during your lunch break or doing a workout before work.
Dr. Al Marzouqi advises, “Making physical activity a habit can help you maintain consistency and achieve your fitness goals. Additionally, consider using a habit tracker or workout journal to track your progress and stay motivated.”
In conclusion, regular physical activity has many benefits for brain health and cognitive function, including improving memory, reducing the risk of cognitive decline, and improving executive function. By setting realistic goals, finding an activity you enjoy, and making physical activity a habit, you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and reap the benefits for your brain health and cognitive function. If you have any concerns or need guidance on incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, don’t hesitate to speak to a healthcare provider, such as Dr. Mariam Al Jassmi or Dr. Nada Al Marzouqi at Mubadala Health Dubai, for guidance and support.