March 12, 2011

How Does Exercise Effect My Brain?

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Health, Healthy Habits, Healthy Living, Workout at 12:01 AM by lanaholt

How Does Exercise Affect My Brain? from lanaholt on Vimeo.


The brain is very dynamic and can respond to exercise like the lungs, heart, and muscles do. The brain can actually add new neurons, new connections between neurons, and add new blood vessels.

MRI scans have shown that exercise increased over brain volume, the amount of gray and white matter.

An adult brain can continue to make new neurons throughout life. It happens most in an area called the hippocampus. An area concerned with forming memories and processing emotions. Exercise can increase the generation of new neurons in this area throughout life. This may explain why aerobic exercise enhances learning. Since stress decreases the formation of neurons, this can lead to depression and anxiety it makes sense that exercise decreases these.

Exercise also increases neurochemicals calls growth factors. They help neurons grow and keep them healthy.

Exercise can help treat and possibly prevent depression, anxiety, stroke, Alzhiemer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

A sedentary lifestyle affects the brain by lessoning mental capacity. There is a clear connection between how much exercise children get and their cognitive performance. The more exercise they get, the better they perform on verbal, perceptual, and mathematical tests. This was also found in adults. This active lifestyle decreased age-related risks for cognitive impairment and dementia.
Bottom line. We have an incredibly complicated body. It is a gift to be able to use it every day. We need to make sure we are doing our best to take care of it and a responsibility to ensure those we love do the same. What are you going to do today to boost your brain power?


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