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Include an Extra Workout for the Brain

By Tom Herrin

Working out is one of those things that some people look forward to while others dread, depending upon just how they see their needs in respect to their results.  No one wants to feel that their efforts are for naught, though some often seem to have that outlook.  Many people have had the experience in which they worked hard but felt as if they were doing so for no progress.  Having physical progress is not the only kind of results that people may see.  Another possibility is maintaining, or improving, brain function.  With the right kind of plan, physical workouts may do some good things for the brain.

Physical Activity May Train the Brain

The concept of training, or retraining, the brain may be somewhat new to many people.  Some of this is because of the vocabulary they use.  They don't often think of themselves as training the brain.  One of the things many are familiar with is learning a skill.  When they do so, the connectors in the brain must be wired in a certain way.  For them to perform that skill, they need to do some physical activity in which there is some kind of repetition so that the correct movements become somewhat automatic.  Along that same line, there are other activities that may be used to reprogram some of the connectors in the brain.  In the past few years, it has been more commonly used for many kinds of learning.

Exercise May Build Brain Size

When most people think about exercising, they think in terms of building muscles.  Some exercise is also useful to increase the size of the brain.  Some of this is due to the fact that anytime there is increased oxygen supply to them, they are able to grow.  This increased supply to the brain can help to develop those areas that perform certain tasks.  When this happens, their size may increase.

Focus on the Whole Body May Pay 

When we pay attention to our total body, we may become more aware.  Our physical and mental development can make us more successful as a person.  When we feel healthier, we will feel better.  When we can improve our mental function, we are more likely to maintain our abilities to think as well as perform many tasks that require finer skills.  I try to work out with all of that in mind.  I know I need to improve myself physically, but I also recognize the need to work on my mental abilities.  As we get older, maintaining ourselves mentally becomes increasingly important.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.

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