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March 12, 2018 • Brain Health

Boost Brain Power With Exercise



It has long been established that exercise increases the quantity and quality of muscle mitochondria (the “energy factories” in our cells), and an exciting study found the same could be said for brain cells too. In this laboratory evaluation, researchers had one group of mice exercise one hour a day six days a week. A control group of mice remained sedentary. At the end of the eight-week study, both the muscle cells and the brain cells of the rats that exercised showed a robust increase in mitochondrial activity. This is a very important finding and provides an additional scientific clue to help us unravel how physical activity improves brain health.

Over the past decade, a MOUNTAIN of compelling science has accumulated proving the brain benefits profoundly from regular physical activity. Whether your goals are improved cognitive function or mental health, every time you move your muscles, you are giving your brain one of the greatest gifts it could ever receive. As I have said many times – fitness is free and at the same time priceless!

(American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology September 2011)

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