4 Ways Exercise Boosts Your Brain
By Jordana Haspel
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It may seem like a strange questiondoes working out have anything
to do with how smart you are? But more and more research is suggesting that the
answer is a resounding "Yes." Exercising can do everything from slowing the
aging process to helping children learn to read (for more, read "Diet,
Exercise, and Your Kid's Grades"). So if you're having trouble motivating
yourself to trim your tummy, maybe you can do it to build your brain.
What does exercising do for your
- Prevents memory loss. As we get
older, our brain density decreases. In mice, exercising causes them to grow new
brain cells, and recent studies suggest that the same happens to people.
Working out can help stave off memory loss and preserve higher-order thinking.
Another study indicates that exercising can help prevent Alzheimer's.
- All A's.
Exercising increases blood flow to the brain, bringing it
more oxygen and glucose. The increased brain activity carries over to learning;
several studies have shown that kids who exercise regularly also do better in
school. Exercising helps improve balance, spatial relations, and
rhythmskills that can help with reading and language
- Don't worry, be happy. Exercising
helps relieve anxiety and depression, sometimes as well as or better than
medications. Some doctors are even using exercise to help treat learning
disorders (like dyslexia) and attention deficit disorder(ADD). And the effects
of exercise on your mood last as long as you continue to exercise, helping
prevent relapses of mood disorders.
Reducing your brain's exposure to insulin may increase
your lifespan. One way to get that insulin down? Living a healthy lifestyle (read
this for 10 life-extending foods). There are so many health benefits you
can get from exercising, many of which can extend your life, that this new
information hardly sounds like news.
A lot of the research on the subject
has been done on children. After all, they're the ones we normally associate
with learning. And getting them into fitness when they're young will help them
learn to make exercise a part of their lives. Tony & the Kids! is an
effective way to get children excited about exercising. That doesn't mean the
brain benefits of working out only apply to children, however. Young to old,
exercising can sharpen your wits while it slims your hips. Of course, all of
these brain-boosting effects only occur with regular exercise, so Keep Pushing