How Physical Activity Affects The Brain

How Physical Activity Affects The Brain :

Do you suffer from memory problems? You know what? Your brain also requires exercise like your body does. Exercise is essential to your brain since it has positive impact on your learning and memory. Exercise has many other effects on your brain… What are they? Read on for more insights…

Why do you need physical exercise?

It is essential to remove some time for physical exercises to maintain your health. Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. Physical exercises help in strengthening your muscles and cardiovascular system. It helps in weight loss. Physical exercises are essential in boosting up your immune system and it helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cardiovascular disease etc.

Physical exercise is good for your brain also. Brain is an organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating centre of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity. Brain is an important organ of your body and it should be given exercise for proper functioning.

How physical activity impacts your brain?

Increased physical activity is being recognized as an important factor in the maintenance of a healthy brain; it prevents Alzheimer’s disease.

Regular aerobic exercise increases your cognitive abilities including benefits to learning and memory. Aerobic exercise has positive impact on your brain. It affects your brain function on multiple fronts ranging from molecular to behavioral level. According to a study carried out at The Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, a brief exercise of 20 minutes can facilitate information processing and memory functions.

Exercise increases your heart rate. When this happens, it pumps more oxygen to your brain. When you practice physical exercises, your body releases plenty of hormones which provide a nourishing environment for the growth of your brain cells.

Physical exercises encourage the growth of new connections between cells in a wide batch of important cortical areas of your brain. Physical exercises help in increased growth factors that help in making new connections in your brain.

Regular physical activities increase the number of new nerve cells in a region of your brain called hippocampus. Hippocampus is that region of your brain that is responsible for learning and memory. Regular physical activities enhance cerebral blood flow.

Right Physical Exercise For Your Brain

  • Aerobic exercise is the best exercise for your brain since it increases the levels of proteins that enhance the brain’s ability to send and receive information.
  • Exercising in morning is essential for your brain because it spikes up brain activity, it reserves space for new information and prepares you for the complex situations for the day.
  • If you like lessening your time at gym, go for circuit workouts that are nothing but high-intensity aerobic exercise.
  • Go for dancing. It is a physical activity with both physical and mental demands. Hence it has higher impact on your cognitive functioning over exercise of mental tasks alone.

Exercise is essential for your body to stay fit all day long. It is essential to exercise your brain for a good health. Happy Exercising!

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