7 Incredible Benefits Exercise Has On The Health And Well-Being Of Your Brain
Did you know that your brain shrinks by about five percent every decade after the age of 40? Brain exercises, diets, supplements and different types of foods can only improve your brain so much. What your brain truly needs is a good dose of exercise to maintain its well-being.
“When you exercise you produce a chemical called brain- derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which may help to prevent age-related decline by reducing the deterioration of the brain,” says Joseph Firth, from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University.
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Here are 7 incredible ways exercise can benefit the health of your brain:
#1. Betters your mood
Exercise increases the amount of the feel-good hormones in your body which impacts your mood on the whole. It increases the number of endorphins and other chemicals that make you feel good, essentially warding off feelings of depression, anxiety and sadness. This chemical rush in your body also enhances your overall sense of wellbeing.
#2. Can increase your IQ
It’s true. Exercise can literally make you smarter. One of the largest studies published on the subject yet, found that there was a strong link between cardiovascular health and the score on IQ tests. The study also revealed that young adults between the age group 15 to 18 also saw an overall increase in your IQ.
#3. Can increase your focus and concentration
People who are fit have a greater ability to focus their focus and concentration on tasks that require their attention and concentration. In fact, just being able to perform 30 minutes or so of moderate-to-high intensity exercise for at least once a week is able to better you attention and task making ability.
#4. Helps fight depression and anxiety
Exercise helps soothe the activity of your nervous system. In doing so it can lower your blood pressure, regulate your breathing and slow your heart rate. This makes sure that the body is able to maintain a lower heart rate even during anxious times, without let you skip a heartbeat during anxious and tense moments.
#5. Spurs the growth of new brain cells as you age
Although, the brain constantly regenerates itself brain tissue shrinks as we grow older, because the pace at which new brain cells develops slows down, exercise might be able to reverse that trend. Just a few months of training can show a remarkable improvement in brain density and volume. One such study show revealed that people aged between 60 to 79 showed a remarkable increase in brain volume after six months of aerobic training.
#6. Helps you control your emotions better
To be able to control a burst of anger, feeling of sadness or anxiety is test of the control of your cognitive abilities. A study revealed that just a 2-month participation in physical exercise can cause multiple changes in behavioural patterns, which included a decrease in emotional stress and increase in emotional control.
#7. Exercise boosts your memory
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Considering exercise can boost our cognition, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it can also boost your memory. In fact, research reveals that even mild-to-moderate physical activity, such as walking, yoga or resistance training can help maintain your cognitive health. It helps enhance your working memory. That enables you to store phone numbers in your head when you dial.