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Monday, July 15, 2019 16:11

Stonebrook Village Gym Talk: Brain Health

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This month we’ll be focusing on exercise and brain health. This is a topic that usually doesn’t get a lot of attention but is very important as far as one’s mental health is concerned. When we talk about exercise were always referring to the physical part of exercise and tend to leave out the mental part, so we wanted to share some awesome news on this topic!

Let’s talk about an overview of the brain first. The brain is one of, if not the most complex, organs in our body. The human body cannot physically and mentally run without a brain. The brain produces our every thought, action, memory, feeling and experience of our lifetime. It weighs about 3 pounds containing millions of neurons (nerve cells) working hard each day so what better way to treat your brain than to exercise it with physical activity and nutrition!

There are many benefits to exercising the brain. The benefits come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors such as chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. It also improves mood and sleep, reduces stress, and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment.

Forms of exercise that have been linked to improving brain health are aerobic exercise such as walking, running, swimming, stair climbing. Of course, there are other fun ways to get your heart pumping such as dancing and Zumba (a class that combines dance and fitness moves). Some people may not like exercising as much but doing things like household chores whether in or out such as cleaning, raking leaves, mowing the lawn, anything that involves moving is good for your brain! Studies have shown that aerobic exercise improves memory and brain function as well as a boost in confidence and overall well-being.

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Mike Levandowski & Ashley Forand

Certified Exercise Physiologists at Stonebrook Village.

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