Aerobics â€“ great for the body, and now for the brain! We know aerobic exercises help your circulation, and that increases blood flow throughout your system, and that is especially good for your brain. Your brain requires a lot of oxygen, actually more than nay other part of your body.
When your oxygen level is low you lose your ability to concentrate. If you canâ€™t concentrate you canâ€™t learn or process new information. Physical exercise actually increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, allowing you to think better.
Over the last ten years research studies have verified that new brain cells (neurons) actually grow in the hippocampus area of the brain â€“ the part responsible for memory. According to a study at National Academy of Sciences, “a three-month program of vigorous aerobic exercise seemed to produce new neurons in this area, as well as improvements on tests of mental recall.” Volunteers actually gained 30% more brain cells in this study after exercising one to two hours a day for four days a week on a stationary bike or treadmill.
The more you exercise the better for your body, your immune system, your lifespan and your brain. Fitness expert Robert Sweetgall, who has walked over 70,000 miles in his lifetime, explains: “Exercise helps oxygenate (supply oxygen to) the brain. This supply makes it function better. Even walking 15 minutes a day will help you focus better.”
If you think that walking on your treadmill once last week will do the trick, think again. Just like any muscle, your brain requires time to build itself up. It needs a regular routine, at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes of an intense cardio workout. The bare minimum wonâ€™t work. You need to move out of your comfort zone.
- Improved memory and better concentration
- Better physical health
- Increased resistance to disease
- More energy and endurance
- Reduced stress
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improved digestion
- Weight loss
- Stronger heart, lungs and bones
- Stronger bones
- Better sleep
If you are not physically able to work out with an intensive program, start out with some simple isometric exercises. If you are not used to getting up and walking, start out on a smaller scale and take a walk around your home, then try to walk down the driveway. The more you try to better you will feel and the easier it will become. If you are afraid to go it alone, try the buddy system and work out with someone. You will be amazed at how much better you look, feel and think!
About the author:
Ron White is a two-time U.S.A. Memory Champion and memory training expert. As a memory keynote speaker he travels the world to speak before large groups or small company seminars, demonstrating his memory skills and teaching others how to improve their memory, and how important a good memory is in all phases of your life. His CDs and memory products are also available online at BrainAthlete.com.
Memory Improvement Tips.com â€“ Exercise and Memory: http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/exercise.html
HelpGuide.org â€“ How to Improve Your Memory: http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm