Personal Trainers generally enjoy cardio exercise!
But did you know, cardio exercise doesn't just improve physical wellbeing; it also improves cognition and mental health?
The brain is continuously balancing two conflicting requirements: it must retain enough structural integrity to maintain proper neurotransmission, while remaining malleable enough to restructure itself and adapt to changing environmental demands. The interest in the underlying biology which underpins the link between cardio exercise and a better brain has increased significantly over the past decade, giving hope that prescriptive exercise programs for the treatment of 'brain disease' might not be far away.
Regarding the brain structures most affected, it seems the hippocampus may hold the key. Research shows that the addition of cardio exercise to existing treatment approaches may promote hippocampal function and alleviate cognitive deficits. Cardio exercise also has a potent impact on stimulating neuroplasticity. These findings are important as cardio exercise has general benefits to one's physical health, low-risk profile and is relatively easy to implementation for patients. It may also have many other advantages to patient well-being, such as limiting the risk of adverse side effects of current therapies.
Ask your personal trainer about cardio for your brain today...