In addition, exercise that challenges you mentally has been shown to create new motor pathways within the brain.
Exercise can help:
- Normalise insulin levels
- Improve blood flow to the brain
- Lower inflammation
- Relieve stress, particularly when physical training is combined with mindfulness practice
The Department of Health recommends 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 times per week for adults. This should involve a combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training. The implementation of an exercise programme needs to be a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix, so it is important to find an exercise that gives you pleasure.