Exercise and the Brain: Here's Exactly How Much Exercise You Need For A Sharper Mind

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It goes without saying that most of us work out for our waistline, but there’s an added benefit to hitting the treadmill a few times a week: Improved cognitive performance. Huzzah! There is a clear relationship between exercise and the brain.

But exactly how much fitness do you need to reap the rewards of a sharper brain? According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurology and Clinical Practice, it’s not actually a ton.

Researchers found that low-intensity exercise for a cumulative total of 52 hours over the course of six months—about two hours a week—is enough to see serious brain benefits, including global cognition, processing speed and attention span and executive function (a set of mental skills that helps you get things done).

BRB, renewing that gym membership.

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