Over the Christmas break I blasted through an audio book while driving back and forth between VT & NY. The book was “Brain Rules” by John Medina and by far my favorite chapter was the one about exercise and brain function.
We’ve long known about the positive role exercise plays in encouraging neuroplasticity, but this book was just a great reminder and summary of all the benefits. If any of you out there need yet another reason to get excited about movin’ and shakin’ this book might be a good read.
Here are a few of the brain-benefits of exercise mentioned in this book:
- learning is improved when children are physically active
- adults who have lost some cognitive function can regain it by implementing an exercise regimen
- physical activity affects the course of diseases such as depression and anxiety
- the risk of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimers drops markedly in physically active individuals
- something simple like walking a few times a week is enough activity to improve cognitive function
If this is intriguing to you, there are multiple short videos on the subject of exercise and brain function on the “Brain Rules” website.
Do you notice a difference in how you think when you are active?