Exercise has many benefits, not only for the body such as improvements in range of motion, strength, heart health, and insulin sensitivity among others, but it also can improve brain function and help with psychological issues. Exercise has been shown to help with anxiety and depression just as well or better than medication in some situations. Memory, overall brain function, age-related cognitive decline and dementia are some of the areas that exercise helps the brain. Exercise can cause the body to release growth factors which help the health of existing brain cells and growth of blood vessels in the brain. Contrary to common belief the brain is very active during exercise, and this can prime the brain for learning and memorization by the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus. The type of exercise used in most studies was aerobic or endurance exercise, but weight training also has seen cognitive benefits.
Our bodies were made to move, so it makes sense that moving improves our health in just about every way. So if you haven’t started exercising I encourage you to start, and if you already exercise throw some variety into your workouts by adding aerobic or weight training if you haven’t already. You can always ask the intern Collin for an exercise plan, or for some different exercises to shake up your regimen.
Schedule an appointment with Collin the intern to make an exercise plan