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How does exercise increase the performance of your brain

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Wellbeing

We look at articles from all over the world that talk about the benefits of exercise. This one was a little different but still really interesting.

We know that getting up after sitting for a while really stimulates your brain and that is why we advocate that you don’t sit for too long without taking a break. Physical activity produces biochemical changes that renew and refresh not only your body but also the performance of your brain.

Your brain shrinks if you don’t exercise and that’s really bad – according to science

Research in this area shows links between a sedentary lifestyle and brain shrinkage with increasing loss of memory and other cognitive problems.

performance of your brain

A new study revealed that people who didn’t exercise were found to have smaller brains 20 years later. In other words, living a sedentary lifestyle leads to a faster aging process of the brain.  

The study looked at 1,583 healthy men and women in their mid 30s and 40s and recorded their fitness levels using a treadmill. The participants that were less fit hit their target heart rate at a more rapid pace than those who were considered fit.

The bigger the workout, the bigger the brain…     

Read the full article to see what happened when the same participants came back twenty years later and researchers performed MRI exams and neurological scans as well as fitness exams.

The article demonstrates clearly what can happen to your brain if you don’t exercise and the knock-on effects to your overall health.

Some keys points from the article are:

  • Get off the couch and do some exercise
  • People who are less fit have smaller brains
  • Men and women with high blood pressure are susceptible to brain shrinkage

People who were 20 percent less fit were able to process less oxygen, had a heart rate of 17 beats per minute higher than average, and blood pressure of 14 points above normal.

Now is the best time for you to get off the couch and do some exercise!

This is why we advocate that you don’t sit for too long without a break and that you regularly get up and enjoy the benefits of outdoor exercise – particularly at one of our camps!

What is important for all of us to remember as we pass our adolescent years is that regular exercise does help to maintain our mental abilities as we age. Studies reveal that physical fitness can help to reduce the risk of dementia. This is because physically active seniors tend to have larger volumes of the brain in areas that typically shrink in dementia, such as the hippocampus.

Interesting? You can read the full article here

If you want to get your brain pumping and your body moving, come and join us in a park close to you. It’s FREE – all you have to do is register and you can book in for as many sessions as you like.

Live Life Get Active camps are fun, engaging, beneficial and life changing.

We want to empower you to live a better life – get fit, get healthy and come and meet like-minded people with the same goals.

We make it attractive by guiding you through exercise that works for you and teach you about nutrition for healthy lifestyles.

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Live Life Get Active is building a fitter, healthier and happier Australia and we want people to have fun along the way. With the help of Local Government and Corporate Australia we provide FREE health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the parks, suburbs and cities of Australia.