More and more people are realizing the importance of getting physical exercise on a regular basis. Weight loss, weight maintenance, overall health, and longevity are some of the most common reasons people turn to exercise. This isn’t much of a surprise, as it is well known that staying active plays a considerable role in our mobility as we age. However, studies are now finding that regular exercise may also stimulate positive physical changes in our brains.
When you workout and get all that rushing of blood and hormones on a regular basis, it actually primes your brain to grow. People who exercise for one hour per day, three days a week, for a duration of six months. An increase in the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory and learning is discovered. “Exercise improves attention, memory, accuracy, and how quickly you process information, all of which helps you make smarter decisions,” says Charles H. Hillman, Ph.D., an associate professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- The Mental Advantage
- Boost Your Memory
- Sweat More, Stress Less
- Capitalize on Cardio
If a few hours a week taking brisk walks on your work breaks or on the treadmill ultimately helps you think quicker, make better decisions, and climb the ladder at work, your sweat will have literally paid off.