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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