Scientists have discovered what protects the brain from cognitive impairment in everyday life

(ORDO NEWS) — The authors of the new study wanted to answer the question: what daily activity has the greatest benefit for the brain?

After studying the data of almost 4,500 people, scientists were able to find the answer.

As part of the study, scientists from the UK asked participants to wear activity monitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The authors also examined how activity affected the volunteers’ short-term memory, problem-solving skills, and information processing.

Do you want to hear good news? As it turned out, people who spent even a small amount of time in vigorous activities (only 6-9 minutes) had higher cognitive ability scores than those who constantly sat or lay down.

Simple exercise, cleaning, walking the dog or even a light run after the bus – it all works for you!

What the study says

Scientists have discovered what protects the brain from cognitive impairment in everyday life 2

A study found that doing just under 10 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise every day improved study participants’ working memory, but had the biggest impact on executive processes such as planning and organization.

The improvement in cognitive functions was modest, but as the workload became more intense and took longer, it also increased.

The bad news was that spending more time sleeping, sitting, or engaging in only moderate movement was associated with negative effects on the brain.

The study found that cognitive performance decreased by 1-2% after replacing an equivalent time of moderate or vigorous physical activity with eight minutes of sedentary activity, six minutes of intense lighting, or seven minutes of sleep.

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