Exercise

Consistent exercise – about 150 minutes each week– is recommended for brain health. The good news is it also benefits your heart and the rest of your body!  

According to BrainHQ, “Exercise … increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells. Exercise stimulates brain plasticity by [triggering] growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain.”

Recent research from UCLA demonstrated that exercise increased growth factors in the brain—making it easier for the brain to grow neuronal connections. From a behavioral perspective, the same antidepressant-like effects associated with ‘runner’s high’ found in humans is associated with a drop in stress hormones. A study from Stockholm showed that the antidepressant effect of running was also associated with more cell growth in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.”

So, get moving!

BRAIN-HEALTHY EXERCISE IDEAS

  • Aerobic exercise, such as swimming
  • Biking
  • Golf when walking the course
  • Brisk walking or jogging
  • Dance classes
  • Gym-based circuit work outs that raise heart rates while redirecting attention
  • Jumping jacks

RESOURCE: www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/everyday-brain-fitness/physical-exercise

EDUCATIONAL VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdDnPYr6R0o