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Fine-Tune the Brain With Exercise

By Tom Herrin

There is certainly more than one way to skin a cat, or that is the way the saying goes in the South.  There are many ways to improve the mind.  Studying is the standard answer for many people.  Many feel that playing board games or doing puzzles, whether it be crossword or jigsaw, can help to keep the mind sharp.  It is easy to compile a list of other activities, but one thing that is often left off is exercise.  To some, exercise is for those who focus on muscle rather than brain.  The truth is that some exercise may be a great way to improve the brain and/or its function.

Feeling Good May Mean Motivation

Most anyone probably knows that they are better able to learn when they feel good.  They are far more inspired to work toward any kind of goal or engage in new learning when they have an upbeat attitude.  Exercise can help to make the body release many chemicals.  One of those is serotonin which is one that does the job of making a person feel good.  When this is released, it is considered to be helpful in willpower and motivation.

Memory May Be Improved 

A lot of people have some kind of concern about memory.  This may be due to the fact that so much attention has been given to issues involving this.  At one time, it was thought to be just a part of life for people to lose memory as they age.  It should not be a given fact for this to happen.  Some of it may be headed off if they will take better care to do the little things that may help.  According to studies, exercise can help to increase the size of the hippocampus slightly.  This is the part of the brain largely responsible for memory.

There Is No Need to Wait

Exercising may as well begin today.  There are plenty of things that I have put off, but it has never really done me much good.  I have as much concern as anyone about dementia and other similar issues.  My grandfather suffered from some form of it.  As a result, I do whatever I can to head it off.  I enjoy exercising, so I look for opportunities to do so.  I find that many of the results are good.  There is almost always that improved feeling of mental sharpness when I am able to stay on a schedule.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.

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