Can exercise improve you cognitive faculties?
Researchers increasingly say the answer is yes.
Recent research reveals that exercise promotes a process known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age. In essence, physical activity produces biochemical changes that strengthen and renew not only your body but also your brain—particularly areas associated with memory and learning. Exercise has countless effects on your body—not only on muscle fibers and the brain, but also on the immune system, the bodyies ability to fight cancer, boosting memory and even overcoming depression. It does this quite effectively by normalizing insulin resistance and boosting natural “feel good” hormones and neurotransmitters associated with mood control in the brain.
Prof James Goodwin, head of research at Age UK, Edinburgh, as well as Princeton University researchers reported in recent studies they done, that physical exercise can stop brain shrinkage as well as help in combating anxiety by making your brain more resilient during times of stress. They emphasised that it really is never too late to gain these benefits from exercise.
A Fitter Body a Fitter Brain
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