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Strengthen the Mind With Exercise

By Tom Herrin

When anyone refers to something such as strengthening the brain, it sounds like they are talking about it as a muscle.  While it is not really a muscle, it can benefit from exercise.  Physical activity can provide support for developing the brain.  Many think of the brain as a delicate part of the body, which it no doubt is, but it is also one that may be given the right kind of support to improve and maintain.  For many, exercise can be a way to keep the brain functioning at its best and avoid some of the issues that can result in serious problems.  

Exercise May Increase Mental Capacity

If the size of the brain is any indication mental capacity, then exercise may do the trick.  It is known that exercise may increase the size of some parts of the brain.  In turn, these parts appear to be able to function more efficiently and faster.  That is a pretty good combination.  Some of this growth seems to be due to the fact that with exercise, more oxygen is available and basically nourishes those parts.  It makes some sense in that it is somewhat similar to the way muscles become larger.

Activity May Combat Dementia

It appears to be a fact that those who suffer from anxiety are more likely to experience dementia.  This may be because of the fact that anxiety sort of wears the brain down.  It ages it prematurely.  When this happens, it does not respond well to stress and other challenges.  Exercise can help to relieve stress, thus exercise may help to fight off dementia.  Certainly the release of chemicals that make people feel good must play a part in this as well.

Use All the Tools Available

When we make an effort to boost our health, it is best that we leave no stone unturned.  We need to address the physical body, the social aspect, and the mind.  Working to improve all of these can help to make us more well-rounded.  I try to make a conscious effort to do all I can to protect my brain.  Once we allow ourselves to get beyond a certain point of decline, there may be no turning back.  If we treat everything as part of a maintenance program, we may see the level of success we seek.  Rather than have mental decline, all of us would prefer to stay mentally active and productive.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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