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August 2, 2009 at 12:34 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Does Exercise Boost Mental Clarity?

By Smarty More Blogs by This Author

While many of us are reluctant to put the advice into action, we are told over and over that the two easiest ways to prevent all sorts of diseases and health problems are… you guessed it: diet and exercise. Long known as a wellness panacea, exercise not only improves your physical health and physique, it improves your emotional and mental health as well!. Time to get motivated!

Exercise and Mental Clarity

The body is an amazing thing. Every part of the body affects every other part, which is why the act of healing really needs to encompass the entirety. Physical exercise stimulates the brain and, yes, it can boost your mental clarity as well.

How? Exercise increases blood flow and by doing so helps deliver more oxygen to the brain, elevates serotonin,and boosts our energy level. It's also been shown to slow the loss of brain tissue as you age. Even fifteen minutes of exercise a couple of times a week has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly!

Other benefits of exercise?

  • Relieves Stress and Anxiety: Since stress affects your immune system and increases blood pressure, relieving unnecassary stress should be top priority for us all.
  • Slows Age-Related Decline: Exercise increases your stamina as well as bone and muscle strength, flexibility and balance, which becomes more important as you age.
  • Fights Depression: Serotonin levels increase with exercise so risk of depression is reduced.

How Much Exercise Is Needed?

All doctors agree that any exercise is better than no exercise. If you do not exercise at all, try taking small steps. Begin by taking a ten minute walk a few times a week. As you become more used to the activity, take longer walks, or walk faster.

If walking isn't your thing, join a gym and try out some fun classes. Studies have shown that even fifteen minutes of exercise a few times a week is beneficial, but ideally you should have thirty minutes of exercise at least four or five times a week, varying between cardiovascular and strength training. The most important thing, is simply getting started though, so go on. Get on your gym shoes and get moving!

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/memory-improvement/HA00085

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/exercise-benefits

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  • My exercise lady says you can still build muscles well into your nineties! So never give up! I bout my mom a DVD so she can be encouraged to exercise still (she is 82yrs old). She (we) all need to work out at any age so lets keep moving!

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