Have you heard of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) - a.k.a. High Intensity Training (HIT)? It's a type of exercise in which you do a bunch of short burst of intense activity and alternate it with less intense activity. For example, walking for 30 seconds then sprinting for 30.
Well in addition to its success in weight loss and cardiovascular health, it also significantly improves cognitive abilities in middle-aged folks. Specifically, HIIT improved participants' memory and thinking.
A recent study on a similar topic found that exercise may protect brains agaist age-related cognitive decline even more than mental pursuits.
Here's the article on HIIT:
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