We all know exercise is good for the body, but did you know it’s good for the mind too and can actually make you smarter? It’s true! So, grab your Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle and get your body in gear today!
Here are five ways exercise makes you more intelligent.
5. Improved Brain Cognition
Scientists have discovered a molecule called irisin that the brain produces during endurance exercise.
The molecule is linked to learning and memory.
So if you have an important test coming up or need to remember something important, some cardio or lap swimming could very well help your brain better retain the information.
Exercise is also important for those with Alzheimer’s or other degenerative brain diseases.
4. Lower Stress Levels
Chronic stress, anxiety, and depression are linked to a loss of brain neurons, and exercise has been shown to stimulate the growth of new neurons.
Exercise shrinks cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which allows the brain to better process information and rational decision making—ultimately leading to the ability to make smarter choices.
3. Improves Alertness
Exercise is the natural way to become more alert. It stimulates the nervous system and allows the brain to perform at a higher level almost immediately.
Studies show that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is all it takes to see the effects on mood, vitality, alertness and overall feelings of well-being.
So next time you’re tempted to have another cup of coffee, consider going for a run or swimming some laps. Your mind and body will thank you.
2. Mind-Body Connection
Taking care of your body is the best way to take care of your mind. A healthy body free of diseases allows the mind to be free of worry about physical health, and allows the mind to focus on higher life goals.
Exercise pumps blood to your muscles and throughout the entire body, including the brain.
With more blood, there’s more oxygen, and more oxygen creates healthier brain cells. Healthy brain cells are able to function at a higher cognitive level, because a well-nourished brain leads to more balanced thinking.
1. Endorphin Boost
Exercise creates endorphins after just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise. Endorphins improve mood and concentration level, improving your ability to set priorities and complete tasks. It also helps people to become less impulsive by sharpening focus and enhancing memory.
So next time you need to clear your mind and refocus, consider exercising. Not only will you reap the physical benefits, but your brain will be sharper and more alert. You’ll also have a greater sense of well-being thanks to all of those endorphins.
Have you experienced the awesome mental benefits of exercise? Has exercise helped you become smarter, happier, or more focused? Share in the comments below!
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