How Physical Activity Improves Brain Health

We all know that physical activity is good for you. It helps prevent diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. You see people workout all the time to lower their blood pressure or to train for a marathon or 5k. However, many people are unaware that regular physical activity also improves your brain’s health.

Your Brain On Exercise

Exercise helps improve your memory and critical thinking. Heidi Godman, Executive Editor of the Harvard Health Letter, states the benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—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. Exercise also helps combat mental illnesses – like anxiety and depression – by improving your mood and sleep habits.

Exercise Can Improve Grades and Work Performance

Exercise is the key to improving your child’s grades or your performance at work. Prior research suggests that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise opposed to sedentary people. A recent study of elementary-age children proved that children who were not part of an after-school exercise program had the tendency to pack on a type of body fat that can have deleterious impacts on brain health and thinking. However, the solution is as simple as playing more games of tag or extending recess.

If you haven’t been exercising regularly before, you’ve got to now! There is too much to lose with a sedentary lifestyle. Sign up for a gym, join a yoga class, or go run around your town. You don’t have to do the same form of exercise every day you can mix it up! All of us at Rosetta Radiology hope you incorporate more physical exercise into your routine. We encourage all of our patients to lead healthy and happy lifestyles.

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