There is a strong indication that there a strong correlation between exercise and brain functionality.
"Exercise boosts brain power and buffers against stress." Medina notes that, as much as he wished he had counter confirmation, that not only has walking on a treadmill while working helped him shed significant weight, he has noted
that he feels significantly sharper while doing so.
There also seems to be a correlation between exercising and aging very well as well as between not exercising well and aging poorly. Populations who exercise have better outlooks on life, stay active longer, have reduced instances of coronary disease, depression, general dementia; while those who have a sedentary lifestyle show the inverse.
Executive function- the ability to perform mathematical functions and keep emotional controls, for instance, shows a seven-fold higher performance level in a sample of those who exercise over those who don't. Basically, the presence of reasonable aerobic activity levels demonstrably makes you smarter! Tests on a sedentary population who were used to establish a baseline before being asked to change their lifestyle over a sixteen week period showed increases in executive function ranging from an increase of 50 to 150 percent. This improvement was demonstrated with as little exercise as a walking at a brisk pace (Medina defines this as 'walking too fast to sing") for as little as 150 minutes a week.
"What should we take away from this? The workplace of the future might not have cubicles, but walking stations. The corporate dress code may go from being 'whatever' for coders and shirt and tie for everyone else to gym clothes!"
Photo compliments of customer Eduardo Molina, University of Southern California.