Brain Health, Aging, and effects of exercise.

In a previous post I encouraged you to explore how the entire body is connected and responsive to movement.  There are many studies that highlight the positive effects of exercise on each organ, and organ systems.  Often these studies will look at and make a statement such as ‘research has proven that a forest contains trees’, or expound further to state, ‘research has proven that a forest that can sustain one type of tree may be able to sustain a different type of tree as well’.

John Medina includes in his best selling book ‘Brain Rules‘ clear cut statements concerning brain health and exercise such as:

  • “Researchers studied two elderly populations that had led different lifestyles, one sedentary and one active. Cognitive scores were profoundly influenced. Exercise positively affected executive function, spatial tasks, reaction times and quantitative skills.”
  • “Exercise increases oxygen flow into the brain, which reduces brain-bound free radicals. One of the most interesting findings of the past few decades is that an increase in oxygen is always accompanied by an uptick in mental sharpness.”
  • “Exercise acts directly on the molecular machinery of the brain itself. It increases neurons’ creation, survival, and resistance to damage and stress.”

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Let’s look at the big picture.

We are made to move.  Exercise nourishes us as a whole.  The lack of movement or exercise leads to decline in all areas of our lives.  Thus, regardless of the thin slicing conclusions of research, we can easily draw the conclusion that  maintaining mobility is paramount for maximizing the benefit of exercise on our lives.

p.s. God Bless Jack LaLanne (he was 70 in this picture)