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Jog for the Brain

By Tom Herrin

There are lots of people who are into walking, jogging, or bicycling.  It can be enjoyable and provide recreation and relaxation.  It is a kind of work and play that makes them feel good.  It may not actually be focused only on the physical.  There are good indications that people may benefit mentally from getting out there and giving it their best.  What may have been thought of at one time as only for those who were into working out may now be reconsidered.  More recent information reveals that some kinds of physical activity may help to build or protect the brain along with the muscles.

Keep a Younger Brain

Some research has shown that people may increase the amount of chemicals that are released in the brain that make people feel good.  In doing this, it may help to make them happier overall.  It may also make them healthier.  It is one of those cyclical things.  People feel better, so they will exercise more.  They also are able to think with a clearer mind.  Their decisions may be better with less stress.  Many things age the body and brain.  One of those that is well-known is anxiety.  Its effects can damage overall health.  It is also believed to increase the chances of dementia which is all too common in today's world.

Exercise May Increase Brain Size

While just about everyone is aware that exercise can produce bigger muscles, fewer may realize that it may also make parts of the brain larger.  Some of this may be due to an increase in the supply of oxygen to those areas.  When this happens, apparently those areas of the brain process information faster and with greater efficiency.  Studying may still be required for people to learn material, but wise exercising may play an important role as well.

Make Good Choices

We all need to be major players in managing our own health.  This should include our mental health as much as our physical health.  I make every effort to take positive actions for my health.  I am also concerned about maintaining my mental abilities.  With a good exercise program, I may be able to address both of those concerns.  Our brain is an important organ.  We must do everything possible to take care of it just like the rest of our body.

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

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