In fact, anyone who is engaged in strenuous mental activity should participate in frequent aerobic exercise. Without continually replenishing the supply of oxygen to the brain and nervous system, individuals who are engaged in intellectual work will, at some point, experience mental exhaustion and burnout. Regular aerobic exercise is crucial if one is to maintain one’s mental edge. Similarly, elderly individuals who are engaged in regular physical activity will maintain better cognitive function than their housebound or sedentary peers.
Walking, swimming, bicycling, and dancing all improve mental alertness and cognitive function when practiced on a regular basis. Aerobic exercise does this by improving oxygenation and circulation to the brain and nerves and by opening up and dilating blood vessels of the head and brain. Thus, more nutrients can flow into and more waste products can be removed from this vital system.
Research studies done on adults who exercise on a regular basis compared with similar groups who are sedentary show striking differences in a variety of mental functions. Adults engaged in an active exercise program have better concentration and clearer and quicker thinking and problem-solving abilities. In addition, reaction time and short-term memory improve with exercise.
Exercise your right to mental clarity! Move your body for 30 to 60 minutes a day at least five days a week.