How Exercise Can Improve Your Brain

How can we improve our brains?

EXERCISE!

Doing some form of exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain!

After just 30 minutes of exercise your mood will significantly improve. Having a stressful day – step outside and go for a walk and get some endorphins rushing through the body 😊

Exercise will also improve your attention and you will be able to focus on a task more easily especially in the first 2 hours after exercise. Therefore, starting your day off with exercise is fantastic as it will set you up for the first couple hours at work. Or if you lag in the afternoon why not attend a gym class in your lunch break.

I am typing up this blog at 7.48am on a Wednesday morning – 48 minutes ago I came back from a 30-minute walk. If you asked me to write this blog after just waking up 30 minutes ago you would have no chance!  

How about long lasting effects – yes that is possible!!

Exercise can build brand new brain cells in the area of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is largely responsible for long term memory. The more we work out the bigger and stronger this part of the brain will become. Neurogenerative diseases mainly target the hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex. With increased exercise we are not going to cure dementia or Alzheimer’s disease though we are going to develop those areas of the brain and so it takes longer for these diseases to take effect!

Exercise is FREE – there is no excuse. The minimum amount of exercise you need to do is 30 minutes a week 3-4 times a week. Make sure you get your heart rate up during this duration. This could be a brisk walk, dance class or maybe a spinning class. Find something that fits into your daily routine.

Lets protect and build our brains!