Cutting Edge Findings: You may wonder how much exercise is needed to protect your mind and memory. Researchers addressed this very question in a surprising study published in June 2018 in the journal Neurology: Clinical Practice.
A research team led by Joyce Gomes-Osman at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine studied data from 11,000+ older people in over 100 studies, and found that people who exercised about 52 hours, cumulatively, over a period of about six months showed better overall cognitive and executive function and faster processing speed*
Interestingly, the total cumulative time over the 6 months was the only variable connected to improved functioning--- not exercise intensity, type or number of minutes each time or even each week. Exercise included any type of weights/resistance training, aerobic or mind-body approaches.
Conclusion: An average of about 2 hr. of exercise a week over 6 months can deliverrs big results for our minds and memory.
Take your pick of a 20 min. brisk walk daily or 2 hours of aerobic classes weekly, a 1 hr. yoga class and 2 30 min weight lifting sessions, or the combination of your liking. Switch it out, mix it up, keep it simple, make it varied ---just do whatever keeps you moving and loving it!