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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you want to stay young mentally and physically one of the best ways to do this might be exercising.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Postpones Plans To Push Back School Start Times
Exercise increases your brain’s plasticity, or connections between cells. It also releases a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This chemical helps new brain cells develop and thrive.
But what is the best amount of exercise? Most studies suggest thirty minutes a day on most days. The CDC recommends a goal of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and two days of strength-training each week.MORE NEWS: Robert Atkins Charged In 1991 Cold Case Murder Of Joy Hibbs In Bucks County
One of the best ways to try and hit that goal is to try something new whenever you can. And never underestimate the power of day to day activities stay moving and engaged all day. Even housecleaning and climbing the stairs offer benefits.