(CNN) – There are lots of good reasons to be physically active. Well, according to the University of British Columbia, you can add protecting memory and thinking skills to that list.
Researchers found regular aerobic workouts boosted the size of the area of the brain involved with verbal memory and learning.
Why is that? Scientists say exercise helps reduce insulin resistance and reduces inflammation, but that’s not all.
It also stimulates the release of growth-factors and chemicals that make that part of your brain healthier, and sharper. To find their results, study participants walked briskly for an hour, twice a week.
Resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises did not seem to achieve the same result, as the heart pumping aerobic activity.
Need one more reason to hit the gym? According to the world health organization, almost 8 million new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year and nearly 136 million people will suffer from dementia by 20-50, a great reason to stay active.