There are plenty of reasons to exercise for your mental health, physical health and even just to give you more energy. And all these reasons may motivate you, but I bet you didn't realize that regular physical exercise can actually make your brain work better. Yes this is true and is backed by countless scientific studies. Believe it or not, you can better your intelligence, increase your memory and even boost creativity from consistent exercise. And this is just 45 minutes of exercise for 3-4 days a week. Totally doable to squeeze into your schedule. So get up off the couch and get on track with regular exercise. I promise you will be so glad that you did, smarty pants!
1. Better Your Intelligence
Because of the numerous benefits of physical fitness for not just your body but your brain, exercise can better your intelligence. It is important to exercise on a regular basis to experience these benefits. You should also keep a clear mind when exercising allowing the brain to roam and read or perform other mind activities after your workouts!
2. Improve Concentration
Have you ever noticed after a workout you have more focus? That is because of the benefits of exercise providing a relief from stress and a post effect of calming you. You will then concentrate better and just feel more relaxed. So what are you waiting for, challenge yourself for a 45 minute fitness session now!
3. Boost Your Memory
The part of the brain that responds well to aerobic exercise is the hippocampus, which controls memory. And across the board, among all age groups there are major benefits of increased memory from regular aerobic exercise. This explains how I aced many tests from studying while listening to recorded lectures on my runs. Studies have shown that memory is greater developed because of regular sweat sessions. Just do not push too hard because high intensity exercise can have a counter effect and actually add stress. Walk it out, jog it out or whatever else you desire!
4. Improve Your Mental Health
Whether you like exercise or not, it does boost your mood in an extraordinary way! You will have better mental health, more patience and just be happier because you exercise regularly. Even if you do not enjoy every step of the way, when you complete your workout you will always be glad that you did. So don’t overthink it, just lace up your exercise sneakers and get on with a workout. Whether you feel great or not during it, I promise upon completion you will be so glad that you did!
5. Slow Cognitive Decline
As we age we tend to forget more and there is a natural cognitive delay but with physical exercise you can slow the process. Studies have proven because of regular exercise and the stimulation of new neurons, you can actually supercharge your brain so you can think clearer and possibly even avoid dementia in later life. Just 3-4 days a week of 45 minutes working out is all it takes!
6. Enhance Your Creativity
Boost your creativity by pushing yourself for a workout. Countless studies have proved that free roaming brain activity is at its peak when exercising. Look at famous poets like William Wordsworth who would gather his thoughts and create poems while on a walk. So don’t deny your inner mind a chance to roam and create by enhancing this with a great workout. Your brain will ultimately be at its peak both during and after this sweat session!
7. Makes You a Quicker Thinker
With each passing year I feel like I am becoming a quicker thinker; I always have an intelligent response to people I converse with and even feel more with it. Could this be from my continued lifestyle of physical fitness? Absolutely! Because regular exercise keeps your cognitive functioning on par and helps you think quicker and more effectively. So get up and get your workout in today!
So choose to become a genius in your life by choosing to exercise on a regular basis. And boost your smarts and health even more by making healthy food choices. We are who we choose to be so choose to be better today!