I find myself raving about exercise on a recurring basis. I can’t help it. It’s what I do. They don’t tell you in personal training school that you’re actually just a glorified cheerleader. But, you are. And for good reason. People need a lot of motivation, and that’s okay. It’s normal.
I could sit on my soap box all day and preach about the physical benefits of exercise. I could even do it in my sleep…it’s a no brainer for me. But aside from the physical benefits, did you know that the brain of a fitness buff is ten years younger than the brain of their lazier counterpart? #ProbsNot #ChillOutImmaBoutToExplain
Two Universities paired up to study the effect of exercise on people’s brains. They tested their cognitive abilities and then five years later repeated the study. Thanks to aging, cognitive decline starts around age 30. But for the participants who engaged in moderate-to-intense workouts, they experienced significantly less decline. The active participants even had better memories and were able to think faster.
Further research determined that exercising throughout your life slows cognitive aging by 10 years.
Physical activity increases blood flow to your brain and delivers oxygen and nutrients while removing toxins at an even greater rate, explained head researcher Clinton Wright, M.D. Your brain is no different than the rest of the muscles inside your body, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
Tips For Picking the Right Physical Exercise
- If it’s good for your heart, it’s probably good for your brain.
- Aerobic exercise is especially good for your brain function, and also acts as a “first aid kit” because it repairs damaged brain cells.
- Exercising in the morning prepares your brain cells for better retention, and reduces the amount of stress you will feel during the day.
- Look for exercises that are functional, so they can help you in everyday life.
- Define your goals. Whether you plan on running a marathon or competing in a bodybuilding competition—your goals determine everything you do.