Exercise is not just for your physical body. Exercise can also help provide sharper memory and thinking. Physical activity is very beneficial for maintaining brain health, even in people who are at risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
Physical activity may benefit the brain in a number of ways, such as:
Promoting cardiovascular health.
Improving blood flow to the brain.
Lowering levels of stress hormones.
So, if you are looking for another reason to get out and exercise here it is! So what can you do to keep your brain healthy? Dr. Bonner-Jackson from the Cleveland clinic offers these take-aways:
Stay physically active. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (like walking, jogging, biking or swimming) a week, but realize that any physical activity can benefit your brain.
Try new, mentally stimulating activities you enjoy. Practice new hobbies, read a new book, or learn new skills, such as woodworking, gardening, solving puzzles or math problems, or mastering a new language or musical instrument.
Stay socially engaged, and avoid isolation. Schedule regular get-togethers with friends and family, join a social organization, or volunteer at your church, hospital or charitable group.
So get outside with us and enjoy ALL the benefits of physical activity...both for your body AND your brain.