“A strong body makes the mind strong,” Thomas Jefferson once said.
Apparently TJ was on to something: Aerobic exercise and weight training improve brain function in a variety of ways, according to a review of more than 100 recent studies by University of Illinois exercise scientists.
Several of the studies found that exercise spurs your body’s production of a protein called insulin-like growth factor-1. IGF-1 has been shown to stimulate the growth of neurons and enhance cognitive performance, the Champaign-Urbana-based team writes. (We hear Einstein was a real gym rat.)
You don’t need to log endless treadmill hours to boost brainpower, either: Most of the studies found that exercising three days a week for 30 minutes was enough to observe an effect.
If you’re looking for a new workout to build the body and explosive strength of an athlete, visit the Men’s Health Power Training Center. Each workout takes only 30 to 45 minutes, and you can choose a 2-, 3-, or 4-day-a-week plan that fits your schedule