Exercise is important to our evolution. Without exercise, we would not be here today. The body is designed to walk, run, squat and lay to sleep. All of these activities are exercise to the body. The one behavior we are not designed for is sitting all day. Yet, this is the majority of effort people output on a daily basis.
We think it is just the body from the neck down that benefits from exercise, but studies are popping up all over showcasing the benefits the brain gets from exercise like decrease in depression, memory loss and the lessening of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
Interestingly, when you start to exercise, the basic instinct is your brain recognizing this as a moment of stress. To protect you from either fight or flight, your brain will release a protective and regenerative neuropathic factor to your memory neurons and this acts as a reset switch.
That reset switch, results in clearer thought and an ease leading to happiness. At the same time your endorphins are released and those help to block pain and discomfort as well as leaving a feeling of euphoria.
If you want to have a better brain, be sure to include exercise around hard brain work. Simply, a better behavior along with a better ingredient and you have set yourself up for success.