Healthy Body, Healthy Mind says the adage, and recent studies demonstrate that physical activities and exercise not only improve the body’s health but also are very beneficial for maintaining the brain’s health.
This is because exercise and physical activities stimulate the release of beneficial proteins in the brain. These proteins keep brain cells (neurons) healthy and promote the growth of new neurons.
- In addition, exercise and physical activities increase heart rate, which pumps more oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
- Lifting weights strengthens muscles and bones, but it can also enhance brain capacity, improve mood, and increase concentration.
- People who exercise regularly have better cognitive outcomes compared to those who are sedentary.
- Physical activities and exercise improve cognitive performance in older adults and decrease age-related brain atrophy.
Regular physical activity and exercise are very important for your overall health and wellness, and of course, it includes your brain’s health. So stay active every day and do at least two hours of moderate-intensity exercise a week, such as walking, running, biking, swimming, dancing, playing a sport or doing any other physical activity, but stay active, realize that it has many benefits not only for your muscles, bones, heart… but also for your brain.