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We all know that exercise is great for burning calories, makes your heart healthier, and a whole host of other benefits. However, did you know that exercise actually helps your brain? That’s right!
Improves Your Cognitive Function – Exercise will actually make you smarter (insert joke about stereotypical jock). It’s true. When you go for a bike ride or any other type of cardio exercise, your body releases a special protein that improves learning & memory, and also helps form new cells in the brain while protecting them from damage.
Focuses Your Concentration – Something as simple as going for a 10 – 20 minute jog can help improve your ability to stay focused throughout the rest of your day and keep from being distracted. Studies have shown that children who exercise as part of their school day are able to focus longer and even multitask better.
Improves Your Memory – Studies have shown that you actually retain information better during exercise. People that have incorporated exercise while learning a new language have remembered the language better. Be careful not to push yourself too hard as strenuous workouts release cortisol which actually works against your memory.
Increases Your Creativity & Mood – Have you ever experienced a type of high while exercising? Do you just plain feel happier during or afterwards? That’s because your body releases endorphins when you push yourself beyond your normal limits, giving you a sense of happiness. This is good.
Balances Your Mental Health – Feeling down or depressed? Always anxious? Exercise may not be at the top of the list of things you want to do. However, it’s probably one of the best things you could do to improve your mental health.
No matter your reasoning or motivation, there are countless ways that exercise helps improve your mind and body. Are you getting enough of it? Try to get out and be active every day! Even when you don’t feel like it, if you get out and exercise (or even stay in) you won’t regret that you did it.
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