I started this as a 'Tip for the Day' on my Facebook page but there is so much more that needs to be said: It's BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK this week (March 12-17)!! Are you aware of the positive benefits of exercise to your brain??
Exercise is not only good for your body and weight loss, it is also great for maintaining brain activity as well. Researchers say that exercise can help ward off brain damage associated with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimers, because it helps the brain produce chemicals that keep away inflammation that can be damaging. Some researchers are looking to incorporate exercise as a means to extend a life with full functionality. Exercise is also used as a form of therapy after injury, to help repair the mechanisms and functioning ability of the brain.
Exercise can also help to calm down ADHD, a now common neurological/behavioral condition that causes hyperactivity and a inability to focus. This condition is seen more often in children and is now being diagnosed in adults as well. Many doctors are quick to prescribe drugs to try to ward of this condition but exercise can provide the same changes in mood, energy, and alertness. Children who were allowed to run around before settling for task based projects were noted to be better able to function two to four hours after, because of exercise.
So although, weight loss is important and we are all bombarded daily about what our bodies should and should not look like, take a little time to think about the benefits that you are providing for your brain. Long life and vitality of your brain can mean long life and vitality for your body, as well. So, keep your body moving and your brain will also thank you.