PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS A SMART MOVE…LITERALLY
Most of us know that physical exercise is good for blood pressure, the heart, controlling weight, but did you know that physical exercise is also good for the brain? It can make you smarter and better at what you do according to a WebMD feature article by Jean Lawrence. Physical activity, physical exercise actually trains the brain. Cristin Anderson, MS, wellness and fitness coordinator of the University of San Francisco explains that exercise affects many sites within the nervous system. "When one exercises," Anderson says, "you can think more clearly, perform better, and morale is better. This is pure science -- stimulate your nervous system and function at a higher level."
AND MENTAL EXERCISE IMPROVES HOW WELL THE BRAIN WORKS.
“There is a growing awareness that challenging your brain can have positive effects," Dr. Cohen said. He said the plasticity of the brain is directly related to the production of new dendrites, the branched, tree-like neural projections that carry electrical signals through the brain “Every time you challenge your brain it will actually modify the brain,” he said. “We can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told it’s impossible.” New York Times “Exercise Your Brain or Else You’ll….uhhh. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/technology/03brain.html
If you think you’re going to get smarter sitting in front of your computer or watching television, think again. Get some physical exercise – go take a 10 minute walk. And then go do some mental exercise – read for 15 minutes or do a crossword puzzle. Then you can sit down and enjoy some TV.
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