Human brain is one of the most complex and highly developed organs of the human body. It has about 100 billion single unit cells. The most exciting property of the human brain is its plasticity, also known as neuro plasticity. That means the human brain can adapt and evolve based on the various stimuli.
Now it is a normal phenomenon for the brain to age, and when this happens, the brain volume shrinks.
A study conducted by researchers from 2016 to 2019, found out that there was higher brain volume in people who had some moderate amount of physical activity as compared to those who did not. The rate at which the normal human brain shrinks with age was found to be lesser with the people who were more physically active during their lives.
The optimal physical activity is about 25 minutes or more per day.
There is also evidence to suggest that people who are physically more active, have lesser chances of having dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia is a disorder which occurs later in life usually due to reduced brain volume, and is a gradually progressive non curable disorder in which the person has multiple cognitive deficits, most importantly being memory loss. Alzheimers is a form of dementia.
Needless to say, more physical activity has scientifically proven benefits on your Neurological health, apart from cardiovascular gains.