Want to boost your brainpower as you exercise? Then choose paddle sports
If you are looking to increase your brainpower whilst also benefitting from the physical gains you get with exercise, you should look into paddle sports, longer distance running or cross country skiing, a new study has found.
A recent study has found (in rats at least) that you should pick medium to long distance endurance activities over shorter, more intense workouts like interval or strength training if you are looking to train your brain at the same time.
The study found that endurance running had a much larger impact on memory and learning than weight training or high-intensity workouts. The rats in the study undertook sprints and ladder climbs with weights on their tails, whilst also taking part in longer distance runs.
The scientists conducting the study found that the sustained aerobic exercises gave the biggest boost in the creation of new brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus – the area of the brain that controls learning and memory.
Miriam Nokia, a researcher at a Finnish university who led the study, told The New York Times that “sustained aerobic exercise might be most beneficial for brain health also in humans.”
Scientists have known for some time that endurance exercise can improve memory, mood and attention span, but this new research compares it to both strength and interval training.
Experts believe the reason that endurance training is better at training your brain is due to the fact it is less physiologically stressful than interval or weight training, so what are you waiting for? Grab yourself one of the SUP boards we have for sale and get paddling!