DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Good day to you. I hope you are doing fine. My name is John C. I am already in my late 40s. But I decided to take up law. The problem is my brain seems not to be the same as it was years and years ago. In view of this, I want to ask if there is some sort of exercise which is not only good for our body but our brain as well. I do really need some memory enhancing ways at this time.

Thank you very much. Have a great day!

John C. Of Malalag


Dear John C. Of Malalag,

Yes, there is a kind of exercise which benefits your body as well as your brain: the heart-pumping exercise. It does not only benefit the brain but improve the thinking skills even in younger adults. This was based on a small study of 130 adults from 20 to 67 years old. The researchers found that aerobic exercise increased participants' overall fitness as well as their so-called executive function. These are the thinking skills that are key to reasoning, planning, and problem-solving.

What is more interesting is that the study also found out that while all ages benefit, the brain gains rose with age. So if you don’t exercise, it is time to decide to get moving - if you want to increase your abilities.

So, why aerobic exercise was associated with improved executive function? The researchers on the study could not specifically pinpoint it. But, we all do know that exercise has so much impact on the brain. Maybe the point is what is important is we know that it helps. The reason behind it could come late as we can wait.

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is the program host of Secrets with Dr. Fritz over For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)