Exercise is the single most effective thing you can do to improve the functioning of your brain according to Neuroscientist Professor Wendy Suzuki. According to Suzuki exercise literally changes the anatomy, physiology and functioning of the brain and these benefits start from your very first workout.
The brain is the most complex organism known to man and the improvements Suzuki presents are nothing short of remarkable. She claims there are:
Exercise and brain function – 3 main benefits:
- As soon as you start exercising, your brain starts to produce more of the neuro-transmitters dopamine, serotonin and neuro-adrenaline. These chemicals immediately improve your mood, your attention and your ability to focus and these effects last up to 2 hours after you have finished exercising.
- If you exercise regularly, in addition to the above your brain actually starts to generate more brain cells, particularly in the Hippocampus and the Prefrontal Cortex. These areas of your brain actually grow physically with the more exercise you perform. This has the long-term effect of improving your attention, focus and long-term memory over the longer-term.
- Most importantly, this growth in volume has a neuroprotective effect which actually helps protect your brain from certain conditions. In this case it is because the Prefrontal Cortex and Hippocampus are the areas most affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and the increased volume quite literally protects them from the tissue wasting-effects of these diseases.
Benefits to both body & mind
And let’s not forget the other benefits of exercise too. These include improvements in your cardio-vascular function (your general fitness level), a reduction in your weight (or at least in the fat content of your body) and a general strengthening of your muscular-skeletal frame, protecting you from a number of physical disorders.
Well all know it. Exercise is good for both your body and your mind. But how much exercise should you do?
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*Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Centre for Neural Science at New York University