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Exercises and Its Benefits for the Brain

Chris is a Registered Nurse in Nigeria with interest in sharing knowledge.


Engaging in bodily activity that improves or maintains physical fitness and overall health is referred to as exercise. Individuals and people collectively have been found to benefit from exercise over time in terms of health drift on the health-illness continuum (Health and illness exist on a scale, with high levels of health and wellness at one end of the scale and high levels of illness and bad health, including mortality itself, at the other).

Exercise, ranging from light to high intensity, is beneficial to both the mind and the body and it is divided into three major categories: aerobic, anaerobic, and flexibility. Other types of physical activity can target accuracy, agility, speed, and power.

Aerobic exercise is defined as any physical activity that engages large muscle groups and causes the body to utilize more energy than it would at rest. It is an activity that stimulates the heart to pump more blood and oxygen to the working muscles by increasing heart and breathing rates. Spinning, skiing, walking, dancing, cross counting, and kickboxing are just a few examples. Aerobic exercise is also reported to be 20 minutes long.

Another type of exercise is anaerobic exercise, which does not require oxygen for energy and includes weight lifting, squatting, isometric contraction of a muscle without any visible movement in the joint (Plank exercise, wall siting, squat, calf raises), fast skipping with a rope, Sprint racing, and any other form of fast and intense muscle contraction. Increased muscular size, strength, and bone density are all advantages of this workout.

Flexibility exercise stretches and lengthens muscles. It involves activities stretching the joints for flexibility and improved range of motion. Examples include Yoga, which originates from India to unify mind, body and spirit. This is known to play a crucial role in alleviating depression, particularly the relaxation and deep breathing elements of Yoga.

Agility training is a type of physical activity that involves combining the skills of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance to successfully alter body position in sports like soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball, hockey, and basketball.

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Regular exercise is a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle because it not only keeps the body fit but also the mind healthy. Researchers have observed that exercise improves one's cognitive abilities, such as thinking process and logical reasoning, as well as one's mood.

An hour of exercise per day helps maintain the mind healthy and bright all day. A healthy mind produces a pleasant attitude, clear consciousness, and a clear understanding of your everyday objectives.

According to study, exercise also triggers secretion of irisin, a healthy hormone or substance that promotes the creation and development of new neurons, which act as the building blocks of our nervous system. It also plays a role in weight loss and our body heat regulation. When we exercise, we often notice a sensation of well-being, happiness, and an intense feeling of inner pleasure. This is due to endorphins and dopamine chemicals released by the muscle as a result of its intensive activity. It's also been linked to the prevention of neurological issues like dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, poor memory, and stroke.

Exercise has also been shown to help with brain fog, which is characterized by trouble sleeping, increased tension, and decreased memory. If regular exercise is added to our daily routines, the brain as the seat of the mind, learning, thinking, reasoning, intelligence, and so on, will be in good health.

There is now study linking exercise to their cognitive growth, development and academic accomplishment. According to a study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, physical activity gives the young brain critical boosts.

Because exercise appears to contribute to greater brain sizes in areas involved with memory and thinking processes, such as behavior and decision-making, active youngsters do better in class and on tests. Active youngsters also appear to have superior concentration and attention spans, according to the study authors, as being active helps them stay focused on completing assignments

These findings tend to hold true for special needs children as well as Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder.

Children should get 60 minutes of activity at least five days a week, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and with the responsibilities of school and homework, achieving this daily objective without the assistance of Parents or guidance might be difficult.

I hope you enjoy this article and find it helpful. Stay tune for the next one.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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