Exercise is a common thing we associate with health, for many reasons: Cardiovascular health, flexibility, tone muscles, healthy weight, etc. Now, more and more scientists agreed that it is also excellent for our brain health.
Our brain is at the source of all our thoughts movement and unconscious functions. To be exact, our brain process 11 million bits of information per second sent by our body. Our conscious mind is able to process only 50 bits per second.
How can we assure our brain is in good shape and stays in shape as we get older? To have healthy brain nutrition is a good thing to be cautious about, but exercising is also a powerful element you can add to your everyday routine for fast and impressive results.
Introducing exercise to your life regime is a good way to enhance your cardiovascular health, as mention earlier. This is very good for our brain as well since 20% of our blood flows through it, the equivalent of 1 liter of blood flowing through per minute.
Too often overlooked, exercise can make major changes in our lives. It improves our levels of energy, moods, memory, and focus. When it becomes a recurrent habit, it can also prevent us from depression, dementia and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
On a shorter scale only one workout, has instant benefits, by increasing our levels of dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline neurotransmitters.
One workout can enhance your ability to shift and focus your attention. Having fewer difficulties to concentrate following one training can last for a minimum of two hours and even persist longer for different people.
Exercising can literally change the brain's anatomy, physiology, and function. It stimulates angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels), Neurogenesis (creation of new nervous tissues) and improves BDNF (Brain derived neurotrophic factor) meaning it stimulates our brain to grow more neuron cells.
These new neurons cells will grow in an area of the brain called the hippocampus increasing its volume and improving our long-term memory. Regular physical activity can also improve attention function dependent on our prefrontal cortex.
Therefore, introducing exercise to your everyday routine will have a protective effect on the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. Making these two last areas of the brain stronger can prevent or delay the development of degenerative diseases and normal cognitive decline in aging.
To attain this ultimate brain health, the most important thing is to be consistent. Exercising at least 3-4 times a week for 30 min should be enough for you to experience all the positive side effects. Make sure your heart rate goes up when practicing physical activities and you should be all set to get all the long-lasting protective effects and feel the instant benefits of exercising.
Finally, taking care of this powerful organ should be a natural thing to do. It doesn't have to be hard, simply gather some friends and go for a fast walk around the block. You can learn a new sport; it is important to find something that will motivate you to go back for more. After that, it will only get easier and easier.