Exercise is any form of bodily activity that helps maintain physical fitness and enhances overall health and fitness. It provides you with varied benefits, such as increased growth and development, prevention of ageing, strengthening muscles and cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, and it is a great stress buster.
Frequent or regular physical activity boosts the immune system and helps prevent diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It also helps in fighting depression, and improves quality of sleep. It acts as a wonderful non-pharmaceutical way to aid sleep and fights insomnia. So clearly, exercise improves the overall quality of life. But did you also know that low intensity exercise can actually help boost your vision?
Studies show that exercise boosts vision
Yes, it’s true. Not only will exercise help you get into shape for the summer, it will also strengthen your eyesight. A recent study, whose findings appear in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience shows that low-intensity exercise boosts activation in the visual cortex, the part of the brain that plays an important role in processing visual information.
The researchers investigated how exercise affects the brain by strapping heart rate monitors to 18 participants.
They were then asked to complete an orientation task while on a stationary bicycle, Futurity reports. This was then repeated during low and high-intensity exercise and while at rest, the study shows. Information was then fed into a computer for the University of California, Santa Barbara researches to assess. They found that low intensity activity helps activate the visual cortex, which plays a role in processing what the eyes see.
According to study author Professor Barry Giesbrecht, increased activation or arousal changes how information is represented, and it’s much more selective. This is important to understand because how that information is used could potentially be different.
It should be noted, however, that high intensity exercise often causes symptoms of blurry vision, as a result of low blood pressure, dehydration or even lack of nutrients. That’s why after you jog, you may experience slightly blurry eyesight. It’s important to seek medical advice to ensure that you don’t have a condition.
Low intensity or low impact workouts are easier on the body and are a great way to harness the benefits like vision-boosting.
Try these 5 low impact workouts:
Walking is a great stress-free way to get moving. If you find taking a stroll too easy, try going uphill or add weights to get that heart pumping
Ellipticals offer a great way to get the heart rate up, without causing too much stress on your legs. You could try spicing up your routine with a 20-minute interval workout which involves switching your speed between low, moderate and high every 2-3 minutes for 20 minutes, with a cool-down in the end.
Cycling is a great way to get some low intensity exercise without stressing out the joints. And you needn’t signup for an indoor cycling class to get results.
This gentle, fluid movement improves flexibility and may even ward off headaches. Try signing up for a Tai Chi class, and see for yourself!
The ancient practice will have you to burn fat without feeling the pain. Besides added flexibility, improved sleep and weight loss, Yoga is also a great stress-buster. So add some downward dogs and half moons to your fitness routine. Or try aerial yoga to really take your practice to new heights
Try out these low intensity workouts and add them to your regular routine. The best way to exercise is to switch between high and low intensity workouts, so that your body doesn’t feel fatigued or stressed out.