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Mind and Body Both Benefit From Exercise

By Tom Herrin

The best way to improve health in general is to get busy with a workout program.  Anyone can see results from their efforts in a reasonably short period of time.  Even if they are not looking to make some kind of major changes in health, they may be able to improve their maintenance program.  Maintaining health, just like maintaining a car, is a critical way to avoid problems.  As they do so with their physical health, they may be doing some good things for their mental health as well.  In some cases, this may be an unintended result from the efforts.  This may make those efforts a little more meaningful.

Exercise May Restart the Brain

When people work, especially if it is mentally trying work, it is possible to do too much for too long.  It is known that, when people do this, it can end up being counterproductive.  A simple way to avoid this is to take a short break and walk around a bit.  This small session of exercise can be enough to provide the kind of support to help the brain function just a little better.

Exercise May Improve Learning Potential

Somewhat newer research indicates that exercise may help the brain by encouraging growth of new neurons.  These are critical in the brain's ability to learn new information.  This happens any time people are introduced to new concepts.  It also happens when they learn a new skill.  These neurons have a big job, and the idea of producing new ones by exercising more is a somewhat newer notion.  It is another good reason to get in some quality exercise.  

Be Good to Mind and Body 

We all know that we need to exercise in order to be as healthy as possible.  We may as well consider ways we can use it to maintain better mental function, too.  I always have concerns about preserving my mental health as much as possible.  Exercise is a great way to keep our focus as we are at our jobs.  We also may be able to sharpen our ability to learn by participating in some kind of regular exercise.  I try to have a regular program, and it seems to make a difference.  I know it helps when I take a brief exercise break in the middle of mental concentration.  It seems to make pretty good sense.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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