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Do You Exercise Your Brain?

By Tom Herrin 

Many people exercise, but for all kinds of different reasons.  Some actually realize that they need to exercise in order to maintain their body more efficiently.  Others do so to help to avoid some particular health issues.  There are many others who engage in activity to lose weight, train for some sports, or one of several other things.  What many likely don't do is exercise to improve their brain function.  The reality is that the brain is tied to many other things people do.  

Exercise May Reduce Anxiety

It is believed that anxiety may lead to some other problems with the brain.  There is thought to be a relationship with dementia.  Apparently increased anxiety may also increase the chances of dementia.  A good thing is that exercise can help to decrease anxiety.  Some of this is due to the release of chemicals that can make people feel good.  Most who exercise are familiar with this.  Many probably also recognize how they may experience more anxiety when they have not been able to exercise for a period of time.

Build Muscles and Build Brain

While it may not be entirely true that building muscle can build the brain, they do work on the same principle.  Exercise can have an amazing impact on health in a positive way.  It is believed that it helps to increase the size of some parts of the brain such as those related to memory, managing tasks, planning, and a few other assorted things.  It seems that improved oxygen supply to these parts can help them to function better.

We Don't Need Excuses

The idea of exercise to make our bodies work better is not new.  Most of us recognize how it helps us to manage weight and improve mobility.  It is also not really a new concept that exercise can provide good benefits for the brain.  Many people who have had to overcome issues that affect the brain have worked on performing various types of physical rehab for many years.  We are simply learning more and more about this connection.  I try to remain active because I know individuals who have suffered dementia who considered themselves in retirement.  I don't want to end up like that.  I have known several people who have remained really active and have obviously good brain function.  I have to go with my gut there.

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

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