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Support Brain Activity With Exercise

By Tom Herrin

When most people exercise, they do so with better physical health in mind.  It is the natural way to take care of one's overall health.  It is pretty well known that a well managed exercise program can make a big difference in anyone's life.  It is often critical in supporting weight management, cardio health, and general well-being.  In recent years, another thing has been added to the list of things on that list.  Exercise is also known to be able to have an impact on the brain and its function.  Even though it may sound like a far-fetched notion, there is every indication that people can have a positive effect on the brain by exercising.

Exercise May Increase the Brain Size

When people want to have larger muscles, they usually work out.  It probably never occurs to them that exercise may help to increase the size of their brain as well.  Apparently it can do just that.  Exercise creates more blood flow throughout the body.  That means that more oxygen is supplied to those parts.  This can help parts of the brain to grow.  When this happens, those parts may function faster and more efficiently.  Some of the parts involve detail oriented processing such as organizational skills.

Exercise May Protect From Dementia

Lots of people suffer from some kind of dementia today.  It has become all too common and seems to occur in several different forms.  It is believed that those who experience higher levels of stress also have a higher risk of developing dementia.  Exercise can help to reduce stress by causing the brain to release chemicals that are known to make people feel better.  These can relieve stress and, as a result, decrease the risk of developing dementia.  Simply working out can help to make anyone feel better.

Remembering the Brain Is Important

When I exercise, I try to do things that will address things I am most concerned about.  I always try to do things that will help protect my mental processes.  Challenging the mind can help, but the right kind of physical activity may be a good way to boost our mental health.  At the same time we help our mental health, we can get into a little better physical condition as well.  It can be a good and worthwhile investment of time and effort.

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

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