Brain Health

Can exercise grow your brain?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 21, 2022

If you were told that you could grow your brain with exercise, would you exercise more? Recent research suggests that even moderate amounts of exercise contribute to brain growth.

Study Summary

The study, which included over 2,500 individuals, found that those who exercised moderately had a very significant brain volume increase when compared to those who are sedentary. This volume increase was mainly seen in the hippocampus, the brain's center for memory.

The researchers concluded that even as little as 15 minutes of walking per day or opting for stairs over elevators could beneficially impact the volume in brain regions to potentially help prevent cognitive decline.

The Hearty Take

You always have time for exercise and to reap the benefits. The Physical Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults exercise a minimum of 150 minutes per week at moderate intensity or 75 minutes per week at vigorous intensity, on top of two strength training sessions per week. While we advocate for adhering to the Physical Guidelines for Americans, remember that some exercise is always better than none!

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