Several studies focusing on both aerobic exercise and strength training point to exercise as a way to protect memory and avert cognitive decline. Regular physical activity is clearly essential to long-term brain health, but what’s motivating, too, is that even short bouts of exercise can help improve brain function. If you need to problem-solve and focus for a meeting, for example, a 10-minute aerobic workout can help boost your mental abilities. And then there’s sex—yes, sex. Both short bouts and long-term exercise have been shown to improve sex life for both men and women. Exercise for your short- and long-term health by doing at least 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 75 to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination, plus muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. If that seems like too much for you (right now), start with a few minutes a day, and increase the amount you exercise by five or 10 minutes every week.
Sources: Aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume in older women with probable mild cognitive impairment: a 6-month randomised controlled trial
Executive-related oculomotor control is improved following a 10-min single-bout of aerobic exercise: Evidence from the antisaccade task
“Exercise keeps me occupied, which good for my mental health.” Gail Porter