Monday, February 21, 2011

It's not only good for the heart but it's great for the mind as well...

I am, of course, referring to exercise. While many of us are well aware of the many benefits that exercise provides to our cardiovascular system - it has one benefit that should be enough motivation to get us up and off the couch. Exercise really does boost the brain. In a recent study conducted by a research group at the Salk Institute, investigators showed that aerobic exercise improved the spatial memory of the group that was randomized to the aerobic exercise arm. They found that aerobic exercise increased the volume of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for spatial orientation, navigation and the consolidation of new memories. The research group also confirmed the increase of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a sort of MiracleGro for neurons.

The main takeaway from this research is that is DOESN'T MATTER what age you are - exercise will help keep you thinking in a vibrant manner. The type of exercise you do can be simple and fun. Just be sure to get your heart rate up (be sure to check with a physician if it's been a while.) A great time to exercise is first thing in the morning. As you get your muscles firing, you'll soon see that you get your firing as well. If you need an extra kick in the pants to get off the couch, use Bios Life E. Bios Life E will help you get your body and your mind firing on all cylinders!

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