This is Your Brain on Exercise

When I think of Motivating myself or someone else, I think of all those statements that we see so often:

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Now I can give you some REAL  motivation.  There is an easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter!   Go for a walk, a swim, a run.  Neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But this isn’t just a relationship; it is THE relationship.  Exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility.  Have I got your attention?

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Even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain.  Cardio floods the brain with chemicals that enhance functions such as memory, problem solving, and decision making!!   (This makes me really wonder how I would think if I didn’t run)

Cardiovascular health is more important than any other  factor in preserving and improving learning and memory.  You’re working out your brain at the same time as your heart.  And don’t forget it can help with stress,  get you out of that funk each day, and look JUST like this….

A beautiful women running at the beach during sunset.

 

OK, maybe not.

But Need more?….

Exercise improves attention, memory, accuracy, and how quickly you process information, all of which helps you make smarter decisions.

People who exercised during their workday were 23 percent more productive on those days than they were when they didn’t exercise.

Boost Your Memory

If you suck at remembering names, it’s not  sudoku that works.  You need to feed your brain some exercise. In a study, women performed 20 percent better on memory tests after running on a treadmill than they did before exercising. They also increased problem-solving abilities by 20 percent.

The intensity of your workout makes a difference too.  The more you challenge your body, the more your gray matter benefits.

And Finally if that’s not enough:

SMOKING:

Research shows that 10- to 15-minute sessions of aerobic exercise trigger changes within the brain that help defuse nicotine cravings in smokers.

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EYESIGHT:

People who ran 1.2 to 2.5 miles a day had a 19 percent lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, while those who ran more cut their chance by 42 to 54 percent, Vigorous activity may also decrease cataract risk.

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BREAST-CANCER RISK:

Women who did either moderate exercise for 2.5 hours or vigorous activity for 75 minutes a week cut their chance of dying from breast cancer by a third. Women who did about twice as much cardio lowered their risk by 55 percent.  HUGE!

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SOOOOO…….      BRAINFART    Grab your dog, your friend, your coat and start walking.  Its not only your weight we are talking about — its your BRAIN.

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See you out there,

Anne

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