Neuroscientist explains the best exercise to improve brain function

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the answer to that is that we know the

most about aerobic exercise that is

exercised it increases your heart rate

we know the most about the positive

effects of that there's a little bit of

evidence that strength training can also

be positive but there's not as much

evidence there how much you have to do

it's somewhere between walking which I

should say walking alone will improve

your mood as well and you don't have to

become a triathlete it's going to be

something like three times to four times

a week getting your aerobic activity up

but I will qualify that by face but it

really depends where you start from it's

not like if you have no activity at all

that you suddenly have to increase to

three times a week immediately if you

get those effects or if you already have

a good exercise routine you might have

to increase that even more to get the

maximum benefits the other key question

what time of day is critical early

morning first thing in the morning

exercise is beneficial because it is

increasing all those neurotransmitters

all those growth factors at a time right

before you need to use your brain to

learn and remember

so contrast that with end of the day

exercise you can still benefit from that

but you're not required to use your

brain most of us after we go home after

a workout so my recommendation is always

to maximize the effects of exercise for

your daily cognitive functions do it

first thing in the morning