Three Amazing Effects of Exercise on the Brain

1. Neuroplasticity and brain regeneration.

Exercise helps brains not only resist decline as we age, but actually promote neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process where your brain adapts and repairs neural connections. This is important for all age groups and abilities and it is never to late to start.

A quote from one of our favorites, John Ratey, author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain expresses this from his work on the topic:

“These results suggest that cardiovascular fitness is associated with the sparing of brain tissue in aging humans. Furthermore, these results suggest a strong biological basis for the role of aerobic fitness in maintaining and enhancing central nervous system health and cognitive functioning in older adults.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/how-exercise-could-lead-to-a-better-brain.html

2. Helps Stop Depression

Exercise boosts the release of naturally occurring hormones that makes you feel better, brighter and happier. According to this study, there is a theory that exercise can even help convert stress inducing chemicals and stop them entering the brain. You can actually exercise away your stress.

Source: http://www.cell.com/cell/abstract/S0092-8674(14)01049-6

3. Brain Growth

Neuroimaging studies have revealed that physical activity is correlated with an increase in grey matter volume in several cortical regions associated with memory and encoding processes.

By just exercising you can boost your grey matter!

Source: http://www.neurobiologyofaging.org/article/S0197-4580(09)00260-7/abstract

Now, consider if your exercise also included cognitive games that specifically targeted different areas of the brain while you were exercising. That’s the SMART Technology effect. View our SMART Technology Products to learn more.

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