Physical Exercise And Brain Power

By Francis Tunwase

It is a well-known fact that physical exercise is good for the body. Still, many people are unaware that it is also massively valuable for our brain functions, especially aerobic activity. A study carried out by the University of Georgia showed that exercising for just 20 minutes a day can improve brain power and function.

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Exercise has effects on the brain on several fronts. It increases the oxygen that is pumped to the brain by improving the heart rate. It also catalyzes the release of several hormones, all of which have roles to play in nourishing and providing for the growth of the brain’s cells.

The act of exercising also affects the brain’s plasticity, which stimulates the connection between brain cells. Research from UCLA demonstrated that exercise multiplied growth factors in the brain, making it easier to grow relationships.  Another study from Stockholm indicated that running’s antidepressant effect was also linked with more cell growth in the hippocampus, which is the brain responsible for memory and learning.

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Knowing what exercises to choose