What if it’s true? The fountain of youth is exercise?
What does the research say about exercise and the brain:
- Cognitive abilities are best in those who exercise
- Brain blood flow is improved
- It improves oxygen levels and glucose supply
- Increases DNA cell repair
- Protects the brain against things that hurt it such as:
- Free Radicals (unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and disease)
- High glucose levels (sugar)
- High glutamate levels (salt)
How can exercise help change your brain:
- After 70 years of age, memory and other cognitive abilities are less likely to be impaired
- Improves brain metabolism of cholesterol and other lipids
- Improves insulin ability to regulate glucose
- Neuron response to stress is improved (especially in the hippocampus (memory, emotions and motivation))
- Tone in the blood vessels is improved because Nitric Oxide is enhanced (Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule in the body that tells the blood vessels to expand, allowing more blood and oxygen to flow to the organs and tissues).
- Lowers blood sugar
- Increases insulin sensitivity
- Helps reverse insulin resistance
- Helps with hypertension (blood pressure)
If you want to learn more about how physical activity can have positive effects on your mental and emotional health, schedule an appointment at 678) 920-2608 for brain health coaching assessment and tips.
If it doesn’t challenge you – It doesn’t change you