Brain Bulletin 113 - 22 Ways Exercise Improves Our Brains

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Move more, age less, feel great, and stay sharp.
Noted neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter states, "Exercise is the number one brain growth factor." Science backs him up. Movement is the best medicine for our brains. Exercise* will:
1. Improve learning.
2. Improve mood.
3. Lower stress.
4. Reduce depression.
5. Lower anxiety.
6. Improve memory.
7. Reduce cognitive decline.
8. Boost creativity.
9. Reduce dementia risk.
10. Improve mental efficiency.
11. Create new brain cells.
12. Improve focus & attention.
13. Increase happiness.
14. Strengthen muscles and bones.
15. Improve sleep.
16. Increase energy.
17. Control weight.
18. Improve blood flow to brain.
19. Improve problem solving skills.
20. Reduce violence.
21. Increase lung function.
22. Increase motivation.
Imagine if we could take a "pill" that would do all this. Would we take it? Probably. So why not move more? Every bit counts.
Here's what we can do:
1. Move more throughout the day.
2. Use the stairs.
3. Schedule a walk with a friend.
4. Have a walking meeting.
5. Walk while on the phone.
6. Take up a sport or physical activity that you really enjoy.
7. Move together. An exercise buddy can keep you both motivated!
One more thing: When you can, go outside and play! Mental health matters.

When you can't fit a workout in, try this:

* Deslandes A, et al. Exercise and mental health: many reasons to move. Neuropsycholbiol.
   Kramer A, et al. Ageing, fitness and neurocognitive function. Nature.
   Ratey, J. Spark - The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.
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