Physical Exercise And Brain PowerBy Toby 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.
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.
Knowing what exercises to choose
- Generally speaking, whatever is safe and proper for the heart is also good for the brain.
- Aerobic exercises are also great for the body and brain. They not only improve the function of the brain; they also repair damaged tissues in the brain.
- Morning exercises also spike brain activity and get you prepared for whatever is to come with the day. It also helps retention and the processing of new information.