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How Exercise Boosts Brainpower

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We all know about the obvious health benefits of exercising “ it reduces the risk of chronic diseases, helps in maintaining ideal body weight, paves way for better sleep and also lives helps you enjoy your life in a healthy manner and age gracefully.  But, one of the benefits of exercising that most people are not aware of is that it boosts our brainpower.

Simply put, exercise is not just good for the body but also for the brain. When we exercise, extra blood gets pumped into our brains thereby delivering the oxygen and essential nutrients for it to perform at maximum efficiency.Exercise increases the size and density of brain capillaries through which extra blood is supplied to the brain. Research says that it has a significant impact on the survival of new neurons and can even help the neurons to fire quicker.

The following are some amazing ways through which your brain can improve your brainpower:

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Improves Our Memory

 

The part of our brain that is responsible for memory is known as hippocampus. Research reveals that people who exercise more have a larger hippocampus, which in turns means that their memory power is enhanced. A person who exercises regularly is also at a lesser risk of brain shrinkage “ a symptom that is linked to Alzheimer's disease and due to its impact on your memory. Exercise also enhances our attention and concentration. When a person is fit, he has a faster reaction time and a better ability to focus on relevant information. In fact, the loss of gray matter that is usually associated with aging decreases if a person is fit and exercises regularly.

Exercise Enhances Creativity

We all go for a walk in the park when we need to clear our heads. When our minds are free from all inhibitions, its creativity is enhanced. Walking has a certain effect on our brain that helps in clearing our heads and makes way for creative thoughts. Our brains continue to evolve and adapt. Research shows that exercise stimulates important changes in our brain that help in increasing its capacity to enhance its creative horizons.

 

Exercise helps with Motor Skills

 

When we exercise, our brain is working hard to co-ordinate movements; it keeps us balanced and upright. Our attention is heightened and we are not easily distracted.

 

Exercise Improves Mood

 

After having a brisk walk, running on the treadmill at the gym, a swimming session, a dancing class or a good run, you are likely to feel invigorated and energized. All these are some forms of exerciseslead to the surge of certain hormones like endorphins in our brain. These hormones are feel-good neuro-transmitters that are also useful in fighting depression. In fact, in certain treatments of depression, an exercise routine is a vital part.

 

Exercise Relieves Stress

 

When we are stressed, stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, etc., get elevated. Increased levels of these hormones enhance the risk of chronic diseases like heart problems, depression, obesity, etc. When youexercise, the presence of cortisol and adrenaline in the body gets reduced. While adrenaline gets burned while exercising, the cortisol reduction happens only after a workout is complete and in this process, the stress in our body is released.

 

Therefore,exercise has a very positive impact on our brains. It reduces stress, stabilizes our mood, prevents mental illness, reduces our risk of depression and anxiety, boosts our memory, improves our concentration and does so much more.Hopefully these reasons are enough to motivate and inspire you to exercise regularly.

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166223602021434

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166223607001786