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Tango Anyone? Exercise Improves Memory

Tango Anyone?, Exercise Improves Memory

Does Physical Activity Increase Your Memory?

It can increase your heart rate and increase your sensitivity to Insulin. It can decrease inflammation and help you grow new brain cells. How about reducing stress and anxiety and even improve your mood and sleep. So, is it worth a try?

“Most people agree that getting a little exercise helps when dealing with stress. A new BYU study discovers exercise -- particularly running -- while under stress also helps protect your memory.”Science Daily

It is simpler than you may think. Exercise reduces the impact from stress on our brains.

Reduce Inflammation to Improve Memory

Inflammation slows down the strength of messages that travel along our synaptic neurons.

When your heart rate picks up, the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain increases. The messages can travel faster. This works if you are dancing or running. Can you do either of these?

When more blood flows to your brain the growth of your hippocampus is stimulated and this is your site for memory and learning. The new brain cells growing help to increase your memory storage ability.

If you think of memory as a storage closet in your brain, a whole new set of drawers can grow when you exercise. That can be a lot of new storage space for happy memories of friendship and love.

Make More Room in Your Brain Storage

Can A Better Mood Give You A Better Memory?

Indeed, we know that depression negatively impacts your brain’s ability to function. A walk on a sunny day can improve the way your brain responds to serotonin and norepinephrine, the good hormones. You could have prescription anti-depressants to try to improve serotonin levels but you can also do it simply with a bit of exercise.

And exercise is free and has not got the side effects of other medications. Imagine less pain and more positive feeling and happy memories.

“Adults who engage in regular physical activity experience fewer depressive and anxiety symptoms, thus supporting the notion that exercise offers a protective effect against the development of mental disorders.”Frontiers in Psychiatry

It is all emotional, isn’t it really, if you think back to how strong your memories are of special happy days like your wedding day, the birth of a child or your favorite holiday times. If your mood improves, your memories become stronger.

Can Sleep Improve Your Memory Too?

More than a nightly habit, a good night sleep can allow your brain to prune away the unneeded connections that do not serve you well, and strengthen the ones you need. It is a little like pruning a Bonsai tree, perhaps. The tree, when pruned, grows stronger and more beautiful. Repairing damaged brain cells is a snoozing activity. A good sleep improves your mental function and memory power.

Pruning a Bonsai Tree is Like Repairing Your Brain.

Counter the Effect of Anxiety and Stress

Do you feel an underlying sense of worry and dread. This constant stress on your brain will weaken your ability to learn and to keep new information.

“A BYU study found that just 3 days of chronic stress lead to a decrease in the effectiveness of the synapses. The brain’s messages weren’t going through! Research showed that when stress was paired with exercise, the brain was no longer negatively impacted. Regular exercise helped the brain to continue to build new synapses and send new messages. These new messages continue to keep the brain strong and build more memory storage.”Homecare Assistance

Go Walking With Friends

How Much Exercise is Enough?

Try to aim for 150 minutes a week, just over 20 minutes a day. If that sounds too difficult, try for 5 minutes of moderate exercise a day. You want to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Just find something that you enjoy and experience the benefits. A brisk walk with a dear friend while you chat about your day. Play a game of tag with a grandchild. Invent a new dance move to some music while you clean the kitchen. Or go swimming.

Even the daily care of a house or lawn can get your heart rate going. Mop the floor with music. Rake the leaves while dancing. Planting in the garden in the sunshine. Make it fun and social!

You focus on enjoying what you are doing, and your brain and body can be busy improving your brain health!



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