Physical exercise helps in the production of endorphins, which stimulate the brain, as well as our sexual desires, which make the brain (and you) feel good. This is a lifestyle that will enhance your overall well being and improve the quality of your life.
You need a structured way of exercising your body, during your leisure time. Most people say that because they clean the house, they are exercising. It doesn’t work that way for the brain.
Taking your leisure time out during the day or night, to run, walk, stretch, cycle, a swim is great for your brain. Physical exercise increases the area of the hippocampus region of the brain that supports memory, learning and balance.
You can join a Zumba class (dancing is a great exercise for the brain), aerobics, kickboxing,
The physical action of exercise also counters stress and depression and can improve your learning and memory.
You improve the flow of blood (oxygen and nutrients) to the brain, relax your eyes and other senses that give you perception, and improve your brain’s ability to synchronize and balance. It’s a gift to give the brain and the body, especially if you are one who works hard.
Exercise improves the flow of blood to the brain. Exercises help to improve the flow of blood to all organs in the body. The brain uses 20% of the energy produced in your body, and this energy is transported through the blood!
The brain is the biggest consumer of glucose and oxygen from the blood because everything you do involves the brain; your brain doesn’t rest. Increasing the flow of blood to the brain is like pouring fuel into a generator, it will give you more and more power.
Anti-stress therapy. A good session of exercise helps the brain to get rid of toxic oxidants, which accumulate over time via everyday stress and metabolic by-products. The anti-stress function of exercise makes exercise a potent neuroprotector (protecting the neurons). It boosts the brains ability.
Relaxation Power. Who doesn’t love to relax? Some types of physical exercise, like pilates and yoga, will relax the brain and clear the mind of your day to day worries. Some gyms also have stretching sessions that are mild exercises that engage the muscles you might have forgotten.
Engages the brain. During exercise, the body makes a lot of synchronizing movement that requires the brain’s coordination. Also, some exercise such as sports requires critical thinking to execute the task. All these mental processes help to boost your brain’s function. Remember, you use it or lose it.
Improves sleep. Studies show that active exercises give enough and good sleep! With good sleep, there will be a boost to the brain’s cognitive functions.
Some exercises suppress excess appetite. Studies have shown that different types of exercise stimulate different hormones related to appetite.
Aerobic exercise for instance has been shown to suppress ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite, while increasing levels of peptide YY, a hormone that suppresses appetite.
Anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting, on the other hand, suppresses ghrelin but does not significantly affect peptide YY levels.
This appetite suppression, though temporary, makes some individuals reconsider their food choices, often replacing unhealthy foods with healthier options.
Prevents ageing & age-related neurodegenerative Diseases! You have seen those people who say they’re 75, and you can swear they’re 42! Someone has made physical exercises a part of his/her life.
Exercise helps to make the brain young again and prevents the brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also shown that exercise helps in reversing the progression of these neurodegenerative diseases.