If you’re struggling for a reason to work out, try this one on for size: researchers are now saying what’s good for the body is good for the mind too.
While exercise has long been known as a mood booster, a stress buster and a depression crusher, what you may not know is that it can drastically effect how your brain ages. Over time, your brain ages much as your body does. In fact you’ve already hit your peak at 22 and begin what’s called the, “long slow decline” around age 27 according to sciencedaily.com. Depressing right? This is why we must turn to our new best friend: exercise.
Have you ever noticed that your mind feels clearer after a run or you can focus easier on the task at hand after a great spin class? Researchers have found that aerobic activity “starts a chain reaction that improves brain health.” This triggers the growth of new neurons which help to combat the neurons lost due to the stress and anxiety we all feel in our day to day life. So not only does it do a range of amazing things for your body, it also does some very positive things for your brain too.
According to Psychology today, “Exercise activates genes involved in learning and memory.” This is helpful for day to day activities but can also help to prevent brain ageing in the future. Some studies show that staying active can even slow down Alzheimer’s disease.
While having a six-pack may not be on the top of your list, chances are you would jump at the chance to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Improved learning and memory function aren’t so bad either. So what’s your excuse for skipping that workout now?