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Brain and Exercise? What a great couple! What do we know about the Brain and Exercise? Can we use our Brain for a better body, a better Health?, Can we stop Brain decline?

October 2, 2009

Brain and Exercise? What a great couple!

What do we know about the Brain and Exercise?

Move, rest, read, move again, learn, stretch. Brain and Exercise make the best couple ever.

There is an increasing interest on how Exercise can help our Brains. A recent study from scientists in Taiwan shed some light on what exercise can do to our brains. We can challenge our brain with movement. The more challenging the movement the more brain areas are involved. 

Result: Neural connections get stronger, new connections  are formed and new nerve cells are created among other benefits.

Extensive research is showing that may be up to us to challenge our brain NOT ONLY with words but with  MOVEMENT.

What do studies say about the Brain and Exercise?

1. Exercising in Enriched Environments increases the number of connections

2.. We know that Aerobic Exercise enhances a powerful protein in the brain called BDNF.  Studies have shown that makes us smarter and help us in cognitive tasks.

3. The more challenging the movement  the more brain areas are involved

4. We know that Aerobic Exercise contributes to create new nerve cells in the section of the Brain responsible for learning and Memory, The Hippocampus. This area is critical for forming new memories and may help for those ones suffering Alzheimer.

From New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds

This spring, neuroscientists at Columbia University in New York City published a study in which a group of men and women, ranging in age from 21 to 45, began working out for one hour four times a week. After 12 weeks, the test subjects, predictably, became more fit. Their VO2 max, the standard measure of how much oxygen a person takes in while exercising, rose significantly.

But something else happened as a result of all those workouts: blood flowed at a much higher volume to a part of the brain responsible for neurogenesis. Functional M.R.I.’s showed that a portion of each person’s hippocampus received almost twice the blood volume as it did before. Scientists suspect that the blood pumping into that part of the brain was helping to produce fresh neurons.

5. Exercise helps in Cogntion

Aerobic fitness aids cognition  

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