One thing is undisputed - sport and exercise promote the physical fitness of young and old. But is there also a connection between physical activity and brain performance? Medical evidence shows that physical activity has a positive effect not only on physical mobility but also on mental flexibility.
Sport keeps the brain fit - at any age
Developing creative ideas, pounding vocabulary, pondering complex issues - all of this could be so much easier if you just knew how. Exercise can make a decisive contribution here, because the combination of exercise and physical activity increases the memory and concentration of the brain. Also, numerous studies in this regard prove that the tympani in motion is much more efficient than when sitting or in a comfortable and motionless position on the couch or at the desk.
In sports, the human nervous system increasingly produces messengers that are required for all memory and learning processes. These so-called neurotransmitters enable the storage and linking of knowledge in memory. Any form of exercise contributes to the circulation of the brain. In this way, our brain is supplied with oxygen at the same time, so that the concentration and memory ability increases significantly even with low physical activity.
Train your brain
Even moderate movements, such as walking, increase the production of neurotransmitters and help our brain with its work. So you do not have to do a "competitive sport" because the thinking and memory benefits already from a moderate exercise program.
Already at a low load of 25 watts on the bicycle ergometer, which corresponds to slow cycling on a level track, the blood flow of various brain regions increases by up to 20 percent (Hollmann 2004, Herholz 1987). Moderate movements of the fingers, such as typing on the computer keyboard, increase blood flow to the brain cells by about 25 percent (Löllgen, Hollmann 2002).
Also Prof. Dr. Henner Ertel of the Society for Rational Psychology in Munich holds nothing of the traditional model of concentrated sitting still, as it is known from the school and the university. He was able to prove in his research that graduates of a learning program, while exercising athletically on a bicycle ergometer, could increase their intelligence quotient after nine months from an average of 99 points to 128 points.
For young people, but also for older people, sport can thus decisively improve the memory performance. Regular exercise slows down the aging process of the brain significantly. Studies even show that women and men over 65 are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease if they exercise at least 15 to 30 minutes three times a week.
Whether cramming vocabulary or repeating theoretical content - sitting still and timpani is not as efficient as the combination of movement and timpani. In particular, sports with a rhythmic sequence of movements, such as cycling, running, dancing or gymnastics, are particularly suitable for increasing learning, memory and creativity by up to 40 percent - at any age.