Exercise for Brain Health

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The brain is the body's command center and an integral part of our overall health and well-being.

A strong and healthy body is a strong and healthy brain.   

An estimated 80 billion brain cells make up the human brain. Neuroscientists have recently discovered complex networks that facilitate every thought, feeling and action.  

Research shows that the human brain has an amazing ability to change its structure and function with exercise. Physical activity and exercise have played one of the most vital roles in changing the brain.

Fun facts about the human brain:

  • It consists of 75% water
  •  Uses 20% of the blood and oxygen in your body
  • A single neuron can fire up to 50 times in just a single second
  • It is in constant communication with the gut

That is a tremendous amount of power! 

"A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Brain power and physical exercise are intertwined.  For years we have known that benefits of exercise on our cardiovascular health, muscle tone, and reducing inflammation, but within the past few years, neuroscientists have discovered improvements in our brain's neuroplasticity and cognitive function after exercising.  This is information we can let inspire us to continue to exercise or to begin now. 

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Five Benefits of Exercise on Your Brain Health: 

1.) Increases the volume of your brain's memory center, the hippocampus.  This means better decision making! 

2.) Increases synaptic connections as well as creates new ones.

3.) Improves moods and helps those with depression and anxiety.

4.) Boosts white matter to help brain cells communicate more quickly

5.) Enhances mental functioning and protects against age related diseases.

You do not have to make major changes in order to reap the benefits.  Studies show that moderate workouts lead to significant results.  There is no need to kill yourself. You can begin by taking a light walk with a friend.  Build intensity over time.  

In general anything that is good for your heart is good for your brain. 

If you are ready for an exercise program that fits your needs contact me via email nchamberlaintraining@gmail.com .

 

Yours in health,

Nicole