BRAIN HEALTH | 2.18.2018 | BY KEVIN PEARCE, written by SHILO ZELLER, BSc.
Being active has always been an important part of my life. I love the feeling after a good workout or session on the hill. I know I’m doing something good for both my body and my brain.
One of the best things about exercise it that it encourages increased blood flow. For every pump of the heart, ⅓ of the blood travels to the brain. This means that fresh oxygen and vital nutrients can get to your brain faster when your blood is pumping. Just 10-20 minutes of solid movement can be enough to get rid of brain fog and help you maintain good health.
Another benefit of movement? 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week can encourage neurogenesis in the hippocampus. What does that all mean? Neurogenesis is the production of new neurons and the hippocampus is a vital organ in memory making and consolidation.
Getting my body moving in some way everyday has been instrumental in my healing. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay active:
Walking or biking instead of driving somewhere
Playing tennis with friends
Ping pong for eye therapy
*Secret tip. I never take an escalator or moving walkways in airports. Always take the stairs!!