Movement is medicine for the mind: This is how your mind is gaining the benefits every time you exercise.
- Exercise stimulates the brain growth
As you get older, the birth of new brain cells slows down, and our brain tissue actually shrinks. Exercise can be a possibility to change that process of aging. One study performed with brain scans of healthy but lazy people 60-79 years of age, showed a significant increase in brain volume after six months of aerobic fitness training.
- It increases the level of brain hormones growth
The chemical process known as (Brain-derived neurotrophic factor- BDNF), stimulates the growth and proliferation of brain cells. This is especially true in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is largely responsible for memory and that is particularly vulnerable in the aging process. The more you exercise, the more BDNF) will be produced.
- Fights against depression and anxiety
Antidepressant medication may be prescribed, along with psychological treatments, when a person experiences a moderate to severe episode of depression. In other not that serious cases, exercise can help you and lift your mood. Exercise stimulates the production of serotonin in the body and dopamine (brain chemicals critical to the feeling of happiness and better mood), and increases the level of endorphins.
- Reduces the stress effects
To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF(Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy.
- Improves executive functions of the brain
The executive functions of the brain are basically cognitive abilities, such as being able to focus on complex tasks, to organize, to think abstractly, to plan future events. Working memory is also included, such as the ability to remember a telephone number in your head while you dial it.
- Can increase insulin sensitivity
When brain cells are flooded by glucose, it can adversely affect your memory and thinking. . Regular exercise can reduce insulin resistance. The better you control your blood sugar, can reduce cognitive decline in the aging process.