Elevate Your Mood, Boost Your Energy, And Live Longer With Weekly Exercise!

By Hannah de Gruchy / Lifestyle / December 12th, 2019

6. Improve Your Cognitive Functions

Improve Your Cognitive Functions

Cognitive function describes the functions of the human brain that are responsible for learning, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, attention and remembering. The brain needs a constant flow of oxygen, blood and nutrients in order to carry out all of these tasks we take for granted.

Exercise increases our heart rate, in turn increasing the blood flow to the brain, and with it, more oxygen and essential nutrients. Thereby, helping to support good brain health and maintaining good cognitive function.

Studies show that there’s a link between exercise and brain health in other ways too. Since exercise helps to reduce our risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, this in turn helps to prevent these diseases damaging the brain and impairing cognitive function.

This study also proved that exercise helps to support a healthy brain by reducing levels of inflammation, which if allowed to become chronic, can affect brain function in later life. This is especially important to help reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia as these conditions are linked to chronic inflammation.

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