Is exercise really good for the brain? Here’s what the science says

This finding highlights that we do not need to push ourselves to the point of exhaustion to get cognitive benefits from exercise. Photo: Pexels

(Matthieu P. Boisgontier/ The Conversation) –– The health benefits of physical activity are undeniable.

Yet, a recent study based on data published over the past 30 years challenges the famous adage Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) and questions the importance of exercise for both brain health and cognition.

A few days after that study was published, our team of health and neuroscience researchers released the results of our study of over a quarter million people. Our results clearly support the beneficial effects of both moderate and vigorous physical activity on cognitive functioning, fuelling an important scientific debate.

Who is right and who is wrong? Here’s what the science says. (…)