How Exercise Affects The Brain

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How Exercise Effects The Brain : 

How Exercise Effects The Brain By: Brandon Taylor

Why should People Exercise? : 

Why should People Exercise? Exercise is helpful in improving mood. Exercise helps prevent chronic diseases. Exercise is important to controlling weight. Exercise increases energy level. Exercise helps to promote better sleep. Exercise helps to increase sexual satisfaction. Exercise can also be FUN!

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Exercise for the body actually benefits the mind. Studies have proven that the profoundest brains are owned by people who regularly exercise. The best exercises to sharpen brain activity are aerobic exercises such as a daily jog or walk. Although unsure, most believe the reason why exercise helps is because exercise stimulates other body processes that benefit the brain.

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Research has show that regular exercise helps increase life expectancy while also improving overall health. Exercise is also responsible for reducing the risk of cancer, hearth disease, and osteoporosis.

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Experiment: young female and male volunteers were tested for mood and then did aerobic exercise for an hour. Results: Of the 80, 52 were depressed before the exercise. That group was the most likely to benefit, reporting a reduction in anger, fatigue, and tension. They also felt more vigorous after the workout. EXERCISE

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How to optimize your workout? Split your workouts into smaller workouts throughout the day. Take a few minutes here and there for some jogging or speed walking. Instead of the elevator take the stairs, walk more, stop driving around looking for that front row parking space. Make the time to workout. Do something...anything. The main thing is to just be active at least 45 minutes everyday.

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Different Types of Exercise Flexibility Exercise: performed to enhance the movements of muscles and joints. Stretching and bending are the common ways of flexibility training. This exercise type helps in preventing muscle stiffness and joint paint. Aerobic exercise: also known as cardiovascular exercise, aerobic exercise strengthens the muscles and promotes the cardiovascular endurance. There are many aerobic exercise such as running, jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing and playing sports. Aerobic exercise is also the best way to lose weight. Anaerobic exercise: or weight-lifting exercise is performed essentially to build muscles and increase size, strength and endurance. Examples of anaerobic exercise are sit-ups, pull-ups and push-ups, squats and rowing.

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Studies have also found exercise to improve symptoms of PMS, menopause, diabetes and one of the most frequent problems, lower back pain.

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Exercise has been shown to release in endorphins, which are similar to the chemical drug morphine. That is why exercise is considered a mood enhancer. Other studies have shown that exercise boost activity in the brain’s frontal lobes and the hippocampus. Also leading to the improving of mood is the fact that exercise has been shown to increase BDFN or "brain-derived neurotrophic factor“. Which also may have some beneficial effects on dementia.

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Sources Continued Category. (n.d.). How does Exercise Improve Mental Health?. Mental Health - Information on Mental Health. Retrieved November 14, 2010, from Cornforth, T. (n.d.). Exercise - Tips For Starting An Exercise Program. Women's Health Issues - Women's Health Questions and Answers - Women's Sexual Health. Retrieved November 14, 2010, from Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity - (n.d.). Mayo Clinic medical information and tools for healthy living - Retrieved November 14, 2010, from

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