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Exercise and Your Brain

There is a correlation between aerobic exercise and your brain, its’ memory, creative and cognitive functions.

Physical exercise, and more specifically an aerobic style of exercising, is one of the most cost-effective methods of not only staying healthy overall, but of also increasing your memory levels. When you couple that with mental exercises such as studying a new subject that you feel is just slightly over your head, so to speak, increases whole brain blood flow as well as regional brain blood flow across key brain networks.

That wrinkled bit of grey matter in your head over time becomes a neurotransmitter “super highway” of more fibrous, flexible and dense pathways when you engage in aerobic exercise.

When regular aerobic exercise is practiced chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and greatly assist in the survival of new brain cells. Creativity is increased as is perception and clarity when dealing with complex tasks. There are simply too many studies that have been performed that strongly suggest there is a direct correlation between exercise and mental cognition and problem solving abilities, to deny that something is there.

And as I mentioned at the beginning, it costs virtually nothing to do. Walking, jogging in place at home or exercising to a music video cost almost nothing. You don’t have to drive to a gym to be fit, you don’t have to invest in “fashionable” (read that as expensive) attire and you don’t have to pay any monthly fees. You can start right now, right where you are.

Television is full of exercise classes and there are some great videos that are set to music that you can get for free from your local public library. If you want to be more accurate mentally, you can start today. All it takes is desire and basically nothing else. There’s simply not a reason to not start.

Other reasons for aerobic exercise are:

  • Reduces Stress
  • Softens the effects of grief and sadness
  • Improves heart health
  • Increased positive self image
  • Better sleep
  • Physical strength
  • Increased flexibility

Watch this short video from award winning neuroscientist, Dr. Wendy Suzuki…

Author: Tony Hensley –



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