Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Great Reason to Exercise - Your Mind

Along with all the other reasons to exercise, how about keeping your wits as you get older. Regular exercise sessions have been proven in scientific journals to increase an area of the brain called the hippocampus. This area of the brain starts to decline at about the age of 30 and is associated with cognitive function. Another neurological study shows how exercise my slow brain shrinkage in patients with Alzheimer disease. Here are a few byproducts of being fit as you age: Improved memory and concentration, reduced gray matter loss, improved neurogenesis (generation of new brain cells), increased brain blood flow ( helps your neurons fire more quickly ) and a positive change in gene patterns ( helps genes that normally become less active to become more active).
A few mental steps can help the physical thing you do in the form of exercise: Read something new every day, try to play your own trivial pursuits ( look at old pictures and try to pick out details),crossword puzzles, old pop culture games, de-stress ( this has been show to shrink the hippocampus), 8 hours of sleep / naps, eat brain food ( walnuts, salmon and food rich in Omega-3's). Challenge your mind and your body and you can appreciate how good you look

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