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The Brain and Physical Connection

By Tom Herrin

Most people realize that the body plays an important role in the function of the brain.  After all, the brain controls pretty much everything the body does.  The action and reaction series of events is pretty well known.  The intricacies of the nervous system are amazing.  Something that many may not be aware of is the fact that exercising the body can have a considerable effect on the brain and some of it functions.  Much of this may well have to do with some of the same things that affect so many other things people deal with.

Exercise May Help the Brain to Start Over

There are many connections with the functions of the brain that can seem a little strange to the novice.  Even though many likely don't think about it, anytime people learn a new skill, the brain has to do something in order for them to learn that skill.  An acquired skill, such as operating some kind of equipment, takes some training.  With this practice, the brain must do something to be able to repeat it correctly.  If someone operated a tool, for example, it can eventually become automatic as the brain gains new abilities.

More Oxygen Can Mean Better Brain Operation

When people exercise, they generally increase the blood flow.  In this, more oxygen becomes available to the body.  Aerobic exercises can help to maintain the body more efficiently.  This means a more constant amount of oxygen supplied to the body as the individual exercises.  One study found that a study group who participated in active exercise and continued to do so in their later teenage years showed an increase in IQ as well as better performance on some tests.

The Brain Is Not All Mystery

While we may not understand lots of things regarding the brain and its function, we do know a few things.  If we want to be healthier, we will do well to exercise.  If exercise can help to improve our overall physical abilities, it can surely do much more.  Most of us know that when we exercise, we feel that our minds are clearer.  This may very well be along the same principle as exercising to improve brain function.  We can do plenty of things to help our brain function.  Exercise may be an easy way to improve it as well as maintain what we already have.

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

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