February 7


The Brain Benefits of Exercise

By Margaret

February 7, 2019

Everyone knows the muscular and cardiovascular benefits of exercise. It is also interesting to note benefits to the brain that exercise can provide. There is a study that showed well educated people live longer than people without schooling. One possible causal factor could be a slower deterioration of the brain postponing senility. A study of cyclists showed that the production of T cells among athletes did not decrease as it did for the rest of the population.

Key Takeaways:

  • It has been found that exercises do not have only cardiovascular benefits like controlling weight and reducing blood pressure, but they also have brain benefits.
  • Previously, due to studies on persons who had traumatic brain injuries, it was thought that the brain was fixed. Now, it is known that the brain is highly malleable.
  • The test on the malleability of the brain was conducted on London cab drivers who were made to drive the streets of London without a map or GPS.

“Recent evidence shows that physical activity does the same for the muscular system. Indeed cyclists who remained active into middle and old age (55-79 years) had no evidence of aging in their muscular system compared to healthy young adults (aged 20-36 years).”

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-human-beast/201901/the-brain-benefits-exercise

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