Among other things, exercise increases the levels of neurotropic factor (B.D.N.F) in your bloodstream. This chemical has an effect on the connections among neurons and sparks neurogenesis. Exercise does not need to be exhausting to be effective. Studies have shown that walking briskly is associated with larger hippocampi after doing it for a year. (The hippocampus is an area of the brain associated with emotions and long-term memory).
Exercise can also boost your creativity. You can read my post on this.
Even weight training has a positive impact on memory. According to a study published in the Journal of Aging Research women aged 70-80 with mild cognitive impairment improved their memory. In this six month study the women were divided in three groups. One did supervised aerobic exercises; a second group did resistance training twice a week and the control group only focused on balance and tone.
The volunteers had to complete a battery of tests designed to study their verbal and spatial memory before the six month period of supervised exercises and once the period was over.
The study showed that both spatial and verbal memory improved in the aerobic and the resistance training groups.
Meditation also has some benefits according to different studies, but I'd like to write on this on a future post.
It's time to exercise.