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Can You Exercise Your Way to Being Smarter?

By Tom Herrin

Most people would agree that one of the keys to increasing knowledge, or being smarter, is to hit the books.  In other words, studying and challenging the mind is surely the best way to improving the level of knowledge and intelligence.  It is still valuable, but modern research has also revealed that there is much more to it than this.  In fact, exercise may be able to play in important role in a person's ability to learn or have better mental function.  It may not be that exercise alone can replace studying and using the brain, but it may go a long way toward developing and maintaining it.

Exercise Builds a Bigger Brain

Everyone knows that, in order to build bigger muscles, they need to work them.  Exercise has long been seen as the way to increase muscle size.  While this may be common knowledge, what is less known is that the size of the brain may also be increased by exercise.  Some of this is simple.  When people exercise, they increase the supply of oxygen to the body.  The brain is a big part of the body, so as it receives more oxygen, some increase in size occurs.  This can increase the speed and level of function of these parts.

Exercise May Lessen Anxiety

Most people are aware that anxiety can be a killer  It can drain energy, cause sleeplessness, and increase the chances of dementia.  While this may not be all, it is plenty.  Exercise is known to help reduce anxiety.  Many people work out regularly to help prevent anxiety from overcoming them.  Regular exercise may be the best way to combat this problem.  It can be a somewhat simple fix to address the potentially serious issue that should never be left alone to work itself out.

Go for the Best You Can Get

If exercise can improve the function of the brain, I am all in.  I try to be on top of the things that can help me to preserve whatever I have.  I enjoy exercise anyway, so if it can help me to protect brain function, that is just a little more motivation.  I also know I can't rely on exercise alone to do what I need.  I try my best to improve my study and learning efforts.  I feel that if I do this, paired with good exercise, it can be a winning combo.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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