We all know exercise is good for the body, but the simple act of moving is incredibly good for the brain too.
Here are 5 examples which show the amazing effect that sport can have on the brain.
1. There’s a direct link
In a 12 week experiment scientists found that when their subjects jogs their brain function improved. However, when the subjects stopped jogging their brain function decreased to it’s pre-exercise state. Constant exercise is needed to stimulate the brain. Source.
2. Aerobic exercise is better than strength training
Aerobic exercise improves the ‘executive-functioning’ of your brain. The executive-functions are the really important things like problem-solving, planning, attention and working memory. Interestingly, strength exercise alone had little effect. However when strength is combined with aerobic training the biggest improvements where found. Source.
3. Regular exercise halves your risk of Alzheimers and Dementia
People who live an active lifestyle have a healthy brain when they get older. Active people have half the risk of Alzheimers than sedentary people. It’s even lower for dementia! Source.
4. Exercise beats depression
Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are like your bodies very own feel-good drug. At the same time, exercise burns harmful stress chemicals. It’s a win-win! Source.
5. The brain craves exercise
Over the last 400,000 years (maybe more) humans have evolved to exercise. Source. Modern schools are not designed to meet this craving and now the Australian Government is removing sport from its national primary curriculum. Learn more here, or show your support for our cause on facebook or twitter.