Train the Brain!
There are so many amazing reasons for physical exercise and activity such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes. You can reduce body weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent or reduce depression, or just look sexier!
But, as we age there are even more reasons why we should keep moving and these include the affects of mental decline and the “brain fog” or haze that dogs so many of us who are no longer in their (cough) thirties...
So, what exactly are those effects, and what exactly are the benefits you can expect to see on brain function when you train..? Read on!
Norepinephrine release improves attention, perception and motivation.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor release. Protect and repair neurons.
Brain cells grow. Mood regulation. Mental clarity.
Endorphin release dulling pain sensation.
Serotonin release enhances mood.
Blood flow to the brain increases. More oxygen and nutrients.
Dopamine release enhances motivation, focus and learning.
Hippocampus grows over time with exercise. Improved learning ability and memory.
Exercise stimulates the brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain.
Whatever exercise you choose, or the motivators that compel you, commit to establishing exercise as a habit. Exactly like taking a prescription medication.
Exercise is a medicine that each and everyone of us can benefit from. Have you taken your dose today?