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Build Muscles and Brain Power

By Tom Herrin

Ever pictured someone who is brainy and the first thought is "in shape"? It's not uncommon that the first image that comes to mind when many think about someone really brainy is some kid with big glasses and a book in hand.  This may be a classic image, but it does not truly represent all who have a high level of intelligence.  There is more to it than that.  There are certainly all kinds of people who have good mental performance, but it is also true that exercise may be able to boost, or maintain, mental function pretty effectively.

Exercise and Clear the Mind

Many people have known for years that, when they feel that their ability to function well mentally is clouded, exercise can help them to sort through it and make better decisions.  While it is not always known exactly what the cause of this is, it is known that exercise can help the body to release chemicals and neurotransmitters that may basically awaken the brain.  This can make the thought processes clearer as well as increasing awareness.  Anyone who has exercised in order to clear their head has likely experienced this, but they may not have understood how, or why, it worked.

Exercise May Increase Capacity

Almost all people know that regular exercise can increase the size of the muscles.  It does not take any elaborate experiments to demonstrate that.  What they may not realize is that exercise may also increase the size of the brain.  It has been shown that exercise can actually increase the size of some parts of the brain.  Some of this is due to an increased amount of oxygen provided to those areas.  When this happens, apparently these parts of the brain are able to process information faster and at a higher level of efficiency.  It makes sense, but it has never been given much consideration until recent years.

You May Have More Power Than You Realize

Who among us really believed that exercising could bring about such positive results with our mental function.  Even if it seemed right, we had always been conditioned to think otherwise.  Knowing a few facts about exercise and brain development is a little more inspirational for me.  I try to do all that I can to protect and preserve my mental abilities.  Now I can enjoy exercising more with confidence that I am not compromising my priorities by doing so.

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

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