20 Minutes Of High Intensity Exercise Is Best For The Brain | Men's Health Magazine Australia

Clear Your Mind With 20 Minutes Of Pure Cardio

It’s been scientifically and socially accepted that regular physical activity assists in healthy brain functioning, slowing cognitive decline and helping to delay the effects of mental aging.


However a new study published in the journal Neurology has sought to delve further into our mental health, and deliver us the ideal workout prescription for brain functioning. Analysing nearly 11000 previous study participants, the researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have determined that those who exercised for 52 hours over a six month period were the quickest thinkers and most mentally sharp.

Armed with these new stats, we dusted off our MH Calculator and crunched the numbers.
52 hours over a six month period = only 20 minutes of working out per day… with a bonus rest day each week!

With that in mind, we turned to MH Fitness Director Chief Brabon for a 20 minute heart-started that would deliver the moderate-high intensity brain boost we need to stave off any potential cognitive decline… not to mention a host of other cardio-inflicted benefits.

Chase Chief’s workout below for your daily dose of prescribed cardio.

  • 2 x 250m on the Ski Erg
  • 2 x 500m on the Assault Bike
  • 2 x 250m on the Rower
  • 2 x 125 steps on the Stairmaster
  • 2 x 250m on the Treadmill
  • 2 x 250m on the Grinder

Rest for 45 seconds between each effort.

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