It is the hub of human existence. But did you know that frequent movement – aka exercise – helps keep the mind healthy and hardy?
What’s more, studies have shown that higher incidences of physical activity have a positive effect in the health of all ages of brains. Young people (elementary students) do better in math when they stay physically active. A study of a large group of women in their 70’s showed that with physical activity they were able to remember better and showed a decrease in cognitive decline.
Here are some important ways recent extensive research shows how our brains benefit from exercise of ANY kind:
1 new brain cells are created
2 existing brain cells are strengthened
3 moods are improved
4 multitasking is made better
5 age-related memory loss is diminished
6 decision-making skills are sharpened
7 stress is quieted
An exciting piece of news for those of you who cringe at the sound of the word “exercise” is this. You don’t have to exercise vigorously in order for your brain to benefit. Walking around the block, cooking, cleaning, gardening and other mild to moderate activity seems to show remarkable effects on the brain. The key is to become and remain consistent with what ever activity you choose.
The list of benefits goes on but the main point here is that not only do you benefit physically from a regular exercise routine, but your brain becomes healthier, stronger and all the more able to operate at optimum levels to keep your body AND life in motion.
If you would like more in-depth information on how to exercise to keep from “losing your marbles”, and you live in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona including Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale, contact Julia Johnson with Life in Motion Fitness.