Exercise is good for the brain

Exercise clearly increases brain activity as seen in the photo on the right. Research by Dr. Chuck Hillman, University of Illinois.

Exercise clearly increases brain activity as seen in the photo on the right. Research by Dr. Chuck Hillman, University of Illinois.

Research findings continue to suggest that physical activity, even in small amounts, may delay or slow cognitive decline in older adults. It is true that crossword puzzles and other brain games keep your brain active, but adding exercise to your routine increases the benefits and has shown to improve brain functions.

Researchers have also shown that exercise may delay the onset of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. 

Another benefit of exercise is the human brain’s ability to maintain old neural connections and create new ones that are vital to healthy brain functioning. In addition, exercise:

  • boosts mood and self-confidence
  • helps to reduce stress and ward off feelings of depression
  • relieves anxiety
  • helps improve sleep
 
Thinking healthy leads to being healthy.
— Michael R. Mantell, PhD, Behavioral Psychologist
 

Healthy lifestyle changes bring about many benefits, in addition to the obvious ones such as losing weight and feeling great. A healthy brain will help you live a high functioning life as you age.

Fitness starts in the brain!

 
Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it is open.
— ANTHONY J. D'ANGELO