Benefits of Being Active
We all know that keeping fit and looking after your health is important physically and mentally, but did you know that keeping active is also proven to improve your mental ability?
Exercise to remember, remember to exercise
Research has shown that regular aerobic exercise can increase your ability to learn new things... Useful right?
Research shows that regular aerobic exercise, the type that gets your heart pumping and your body temperature rising, actually increases the size of the hippocampus (the part of your brain involved in verbal memory and learning) and in this case, bigger is better!
Having a healthy body is literally linked to having a healthy mind and this is due to direct and indirect means. Physically, exercise helps the body reduce insulin and manage inflammation as well as stimulating the release of growth factors. Indirectly, exercise is proven to improve mood, help with sleep and reduce anxiety and stress.
Studies suggest that around two hours of brisk walking every week (or an equivalent aerobic exercise) is recommended to increase your chances of reaping the benefits mentally.
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The health benefits of exercising are two-fold. Exercising today helps keep your mind and body in good shape, whilst the long-term effects of regular exercise mean fewer health issues in the long run.
Regular exercise is thought to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by around 30-40%... Take a minute to let that sink in. Research tells us that it can also reduce the risk of serious illness and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, dementia and depression.
In the short-term, exercise will build strength, improve balance, movement and motor skills and help to maintain your body weight. Over time, the increase in these areas will help boost energy levels, maintain a positive mood and even boost your immune system.