Sedentarism is the enemy of a healthy lifestyle. However, it has become a global issue we all are facing and struggling to fight, but it’s being active is not always as easy as it sounds. Even after knowing how essential it is, we ignore it and keep it last in the list of our priorities. We are aware of the fact that exercise is a necessity, if you want to lead a healthy and happy life. It’s just not limited to a leaner ripped body and it does have some benefits beyond our understanding, that’s pretty clear, exercise not only affects our physical state, but has some underlying influence on the brain as well.
Though it was deduced that performing exercises can have a very good affect on your brain it wasn’t clear how exactly exercise works in favor of the brain and improves cognitive ability. A research study conducted back in 1990 proved that exercising increases the growth of nerve cells in the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain associated with memory and learning. On further observation, it was clear that exercise can boost the process of learning for the people that regularly perform exercise.
A research conducted on monkeys by the famous neuroscientist Judy Cameron at University of Pittsburg suggests that continuous exercise can improve the blood circulation of the brain that results in better and enhanced learning abilities. When your brain’s blood supply increases, it has more energy and oxygen to perform its function at a higher rate. But to retain the effect, it’s important to make exercise a part of your daily routine or else the effects will fade if you stop exercising.
Another recent study showing the close association between animals and humans has found out how exercise has a strong impact on aging and your lifespan. The brain starts shrinking as you grow older, especially the hippocampus causing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Exercise keeps the brain stay active, alert and helps prevent it from shrinking.
Several other studies show different connections between exercise and the brain. Similarly, while performing exercises the muscles in our body generate a special protein called PGC-1 alpha, which assists in breaking down a substance, kynurenine that accumulates due to stress in the bloodstream.
Exercise empowers the production of this protein eventually acting as a potential cure to stress, contributing to good mental health. This ultimately minimizes the chances of depression. It can be considered a chicken and egg thing in most cases as these diseases are more often a result of watching too much television or sitting late at night tapping away on our laptops or smartphone.
Most of the diseases including everyday issues such as stress, headaches or back pain are becoming too common because of sitting too much in front of the television or the lack of physical activity. Exercising is not only for losing weight, it is essential for staying fit holistically. Health experts recommend 20 minutes of exercise daily to reach the level where your immune system is boosted to an extent that it can reduce or even in some cases, prevent you from getting stress related diseases. It will sharpen your intellectual ability and fasten up the learning process.