Just exactly how does exercise enhance brain health? Regular aerobic exercise promotes a cascade of brain growth factor signaling that (1) enhances learning and memory; (2) stimulates neurogenesis (i.e., formation of new neurons); (3) improves brain vascular function and blood flow; and (4) attenuates the mechanisms driving depression.
Maintaining brain health throughout life is an important goal, and both mental stimulation (e.g., reading) and exercise are interventions that can contribute to good brain health.
It’s a "no brainer"…but do "think about" incorporating exercise into your daily lifestyle! ALL PUNS INTENDED.
Powers, K., Howley, E. (2009). Exercise physiology, theory and application to fitness and performance (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
(Jack Witt is a Health and Fitness Coach providing In Home Personal Training, Personal Training at Private Fitness Centers in the North Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks areas, as well as Worksite Health Programs, Corporate Wellness, Life Coaching Products, and Group Exercise Classes)