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Protect Your Brain With Exercise

By Tom Herrin

It is pretty important for people to do all they can to protect their health.  Developing a good routine of activity can be a good way to start.  It does not require much but just a commitment.  Once they create the right kind of vision within themselves, the motivation may follow.  When it comes to things involving physical health, it can be more obvious.  When it comes to mental health or condition of the brain, the signs of problems may come too late to begin making a real impact.  According to some more recent research, exercise may be as good for the brain as it is the body.

Exercise May Increase Brain Size

Lots of people exercise in hopes of building bigger muscles.  It is well known that a good program can build muscle and endurance.  Increasing strength is a good way to help muscles to reach their potential.  The brain may be somewhat similar.  Exercise can increase the supply of oxygen to the brain and help to enlarge it and its capacity.  It does it in several ways, but one is to increase the size of some parts of the brain.  It can also help to promote growth of neurons which are responsible for learning.

Exercise May Protect Against Dementia

It is an unfortunate fact that there is quite a bit of dementia in people today.  It may or may not be more than in the past, but there seems to be more awareness of it.  Studies have shown that those who have more stress also have a higher risk of having dementia.  Exercise is known to help relieve stress.  Engaging in a good workout on a regular basis can be a great way to protect people from stress.  As a result, this may also be a way to build a defense against dementia later on.  

Be a Protector

I like to think of myself as being proactive in respect to my health.  Guarding it is important to me as I realize we sometimes only have one chance to do good things for it.  If we fail to be as vigilant as we should, we may end up paying a price.  I don't want to see that happen with my mental function as I have known people who have experienced mental decline way too early.  I will take my chances that exercise will pay off for me.

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

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