Brain-boosting software programs are a booming business. And studies show that both computer exercises and old-fashioned mental activities – reading or crafting – can affect memory.
But the best thing you can do for your brain is exercise.
“If I had to pick between fitness training and brain training, I'd go with fitness,” said Sam Wang, an associate professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University. So far, he said, exercise has been shown to have an effect several times larger than computer-brain exercise.
But Wang noted that “fitness training only lasts as long as the benefit to your cardiovascular system.” Brain exercise, on the other hand, “might last longer.”