There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart diseases, stroke and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, prevent depression or just look better. Here is another important reason to be physically active, this applies to children, adults, the old aged, and more importantly, students.
Exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.
In a study conducted at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercises (e.g., Cycling, walking, jogging, kickboxing, swimming) the kind that gets your heart and sweat glands pumping appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. Muscles toning exercises (e.g., Sit-ups, push-ups, dumbbell rows, squats) did not have the same results.
With lots of people not exercising, the cases of dementia (forgetfulness, limited social skills and thinking abilities so impaired that it interferes with daily functioning) have increased. One case of dementia is detected every four seconds worldwide. The following are a couple of reasons why regular exercises are good for the brain.
Improve Your Mental Health
Love it or hate it, physical activities can have potent effects on your mood. The runner’s high, that feeling of intoxication that follows intense exercise is real. Being stress free and in a great mood makes the mind conducive enough for assimilation, and a great way to do that is through frequent physical activities.
Fight Depression and Anxiety
Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being and take your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that fuel depression and anxiety.
Exercise Boosts Energy
Regular physical exercise can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular systems work more efficiently, when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily activities like studying.
What you do with your body has an effect on your mental faculties. Sitting still all day, every day is dangerous. So, don’t worry about what form of exercise you do. Find something you enjoy, then get up and do it.
By: Obed Wiafe