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Exercising and The Brain

We know a great deal more about the brain today, and in fact through fMRI, have learned more in the past 5 years than we have ever known throughout our entire history. We’ve learned that exercising improves cognitive function in a variety of different way. Studies definitively show exercising enhances our ability to problem solve, be creative, concentrate, strengthen impulse control and improve long term memory. There a neuro-trophins as well as growth factors produced by our bodies when we exercise that act like Miracle Grow for the brain. When we exercise, neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and nor epinephrine are increased in the brain to strengthen synaptic connections. Studies indicate that when we exercise regularly, we reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 60 percent. We’ve always known that exercise builds muscle and endurance, but now we know that regular exercise will not only extend our lives, but also allow us to fully engage life as we age. We all know that it is difficult to exercise regularly. On average, people quit an exercise program after 6 months or less. It is important that trainers and training facilities impress upon their customers that a sustained exercise program is essential for allowing your brain to function at its best, and by exercising we reduce the risks of devastating brain maladies like Alzheimer's Disease, depression, chronic stress, stroke, and more.

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