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Boost your brain by getting active

Boost your brain by getting active

If you could boost your brain power in one simple step, you’d do it right? Well there is a way you can keep your brain on full charge, while keeping your body in shape as well.

It’s Brain Awareness Week, and we’re here to tell you how much your grey matter can benefit from some good old fashioned exercise.

Did you know that by exercising moderately for 20 minutes, your information processing and memory function is given a real boost? At its simplest level, just by exercising you are increasing the heart rate, and in turn the amount of oxygen that is carried to your brain.

Working out also stimulates new connections between cells in the brain. The antidepressant qualities of exercise have been proven with more cell growth being stimulated in an area of the brain called the hippocampus, responsible for learning and memory.

Damaged cells can repair themselves in the brain with exercise, and the philosophy is that if it’s good for your heart then it’s good for your brain.

It has been said that by exercising in the morning before work, your brain activity is spiked and allows for better retention of information and better reactions to complex situations, so you’ll be well prepared for that board meeting or presentation if you’ve spent 30 minutes on the treadmill beforehand. Exercise can also reduce stress, enhance your mood, and make you feel better as a whole.

So really, if you want to improve memory, mood, learning and responsiveness, there is an answer staring you in the face – either join a gym, where you’ll be encouraged to visit regularly, or grab your trainers and head out for a brisk walk or jog around the block.

Think about it. It’s a no-brainer!