Exercise Benefits Your Brain

In case you need any added motivation to exercise, consider the benefits of exercise on your brain.  Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Dr. John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, says “exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.1

5 Ways that Exercise Can Help:

  1. Reverse the negative effects of stress
  2. Lift mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  3. Improve capacity for learning
  4. Build Self-Esteem and improve body image
  5. Euphoric feeling with intervals of high-intensity training

Dr. Ratey urges Americans to “bring movement [back] into our lives – to improve our children’s learning capacity, to reduce the negative effects of stress, to manage mental health issues such as ADD, anxiety, depression, and to maintain our cognitive abilities as we age.2

Exercise isn’t just good to help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it can also make you happier and smarter.  As a chiropractor, I am continually promoting physical activity for health and maintenance of the spine, joints, and body.  In case anyone needed another reason to get moving – look no further!  Follow more of Dr. Ratey’s work at Sparking Life: Power Your Brain Through Exercise.  Jump into spring and exercise for your mind!

  1. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/fitness/articles/2010/06/30/0630healthexercise []
  2. http://sparkinglife.org/ []

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