What is neuroplasticity?
For a long time scientists thought that the brain was capable of growing and changing only during childhood. Luckily, we were wrong!
It was an unfortunate misunderstanding that, for a long time, confused the general knowledge about how we learn and grow in intellectual capacity over the course of our lives.
Now we know that the brain is capable of great change throughout life, even in old age. Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to change, reorganise and adapt neural connections and pathways in response to both physical and mental stimulus. This neuroplastic change is also seen in those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or have neurodegenerative conditions.
Just as the muscles in your body get stronger when you exercise, our brains benefit from activities that cause it to change and adapt. By consistently challenging it with exercise and fresh mental activities, your brain will be continually forced to restructure, rewire and build new connections to cope with the new demands placed on it.
What type of exercise is needed?
According to research, aerobic exercise, at least thirty to sixty minutes per day, three days a week, has been shown to have a positive impact on brain functions. Importantly, the exercise does not have to be strenuous.