Posted by ANGE FONCE on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Under: Dynamic Health & LIfestyle Men & Women
The Dynamic Duo Mental And Physical Exercise Is Good For
By Ange Fonce
Physical exercise is not only important for your bodies health it also helps your brain stay sharp... your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body... you either use it or you lose it.
You utilize the gym to stimulate the growth of muscle cells... just as you use a brain fitness program to increase connections in your brain and you can actually get an additional brain boost by donning your trainers and hitting the gym.
The benefits of physical exercise... especially aerobic exercise have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts... ranging from the molecular to behavioural level... according to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia... even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.
Exercise affects the brain on multiple fronts... it increases heart rate which pumps more oxygen to the brain and it also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones... all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells and exercise stimulates the brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain.
Recent research has demonstrated that exercise increased growth factors in the brain... making it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections and from a behavioural perspective the same antidepressant like effects associated with runner's high found in humans is associated with a drop in stress hormones.
A study from Stockholm showed that the antidepressant effect of running was also associated with more cell growth in the hippocampus an area of the brain responsible for learning and memory and the usage of physical exercise in conjunction with brain training increases your cognitive functions within parameters... including time of exercise and style of exercise.
Interestingly differences between exercise styles such as opting for cycling over running is associated with an enhanced brain function during and after working out.
Ballroom dancing an activity with both physical and mental demands has had a higher impact on cognitive functioning over exercise or mental tasks alone... indicating that the best brain health workouts involve those that integrate different parts of the brain such as coordination... rhythm and strategy.
Tips For Choosing The Right Physical Exercise
In general anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.
Aerobic exercise is great for body and brain... not only does it improve brain function it also acts as a first aid kit on damaged brain cells.
Exercising in the morning before going to work not only spikes brain activity and prepares you for mental stresses for the rest of the day... it also produces increased retention of new information and better reaction to complex situations.
When looking to change up your work out... look for an activity that incorporates coordination along with cardiovascular exercise... such as a dance class and if you like crunching time at the gym alone... opt for circuit work outs which both quickly spike your heart rate and also constantly redirect your attention.
How Much Exercise?
For good mental health you should aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise... 5 days a week and do not panic as this is not as bad as it sounds because the key word here is moderate.
Moderate exercise means you are working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat and you can still talk... it could include things like...
Walking the dog.
Riding your bike.
Walking instead of using the car.
Using stairs instead of lifts.
And of course there is the gym... you can do it as one 30 minute session or break it up into shorter 10 or 15 minute sessions.
Choose something you enjoy because if you hate it you will not stick to it... find something that fits into your day and is right for you and of course when you are feeling down exercise is often the last thing you feel like doing... that is why it is useful to exercise with a friend so you can motivate each other.
Set goals and measure your progress so you can see the difference it makes.
Take care of your Health and Fitness.
You have the POWER!
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