Exercise assists executive function Executive function is the ability to plan, focus and complete tasks. Executive functioning tasks are can be effected by long term depression and other life events that may have effected daily living as you used to know it. Not only does the physical act of exercise increase all the neurochemicals that are needed to assist with brain healing and the development of new pathways, the actual act of planning exercise and completing exercise in small bouts can be the start of feeling as though you have completed a task. The satisfaction of completing a task can often be the stimulant to continue planning and practicing building new activities back into your lifestyle. Exercise is a powerful anti depressant Exercise increases the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine, brain chemicals that are important in helping us to feel happy
Exercise is a stress buffer Exercise lowers cortisol levels and assists with preventing the negative effects that stress can have on brain growth and the repair.
Exercise promotes brain growth Yes, that is right the brain continues to grow and repair through out entire lives and exercise and increased blood flow is as important for your brain as it is for any muscle or organ in your body
Exercise increases sensitivity to insulin When you eat, your body turns most of the food into glucose, or blood sugar, the main source of fuel for the body, including the brain. In order for that glucose to enter cells, it must be accompanied by the hormone insulin. Unfortunately, in some people, cells become resistant to insulin. The body then has to pump out more and more of it, and still blood sugar levels rise, often resulting in type 2 diabetes. And even if you don’t develop type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance is bad for your brain. When brain cells are flooded by glucose, it can adversely affect memory and thinking. Exercise promotes the production of important neurochemicals Important neurochemicals such as BDNF, acts as a fertilizer for our brain and stimulate the growth of production of brain cells. Exercise promotes the production of these fertilizers to help assist with our brain to continue to learn and practice new actions
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