It is quite common to read about, or hear exercise enthusiasts explain the benefits that exercise has on the heart, muscles, lungs, connective tissue, and so on. But, I have rarely heard mention of how exercise improves brain health. Although, there is plenty of evidence showing that exercise is beneficial to the brain.
Exercise improves memory and learning in humans and animals. Exercising individuals might be less susceptible to loss of cognitive functioning associated with aging or neurodegenarative disease. One of the key mechanisms underlying these effects on the brain is neuronal growth in the hippocampus — an area of the brain important for cognition (Kobilo, et al., 2010).
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