Research now shows we each have the capacity to grow new neurons, and particularly in our hippocampus – in as little as weeks. Why would you want to grow your hippocampus? Because that is your brain’s memory centre; the place where short term memory is turned into long term memory. It’s the region of your brain that can start to decline rapidly when we age – especially if you regularly experience stress and you are not taking care of your health.
The best way to generate new neurons in the hippocampus is to exercise. In fact scientists are now proclaiming that physical exercise is THE best exercise you can do for your brain. Period. Studies have shown that people who regularly exercise and stay physically fit have a larger hippocampus than their sedentary peers. The more you exercise, the bigger your hippocampus will get and the less risk you will have for developing cognitive degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. One study showed that simply walking a mile a day lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 48%. Read more about the research in this great little article. And then… plan your next exercise break!
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