Exercise and the Brain

This is a reality that we must face:  Our bodies need to move, a lot, and all throughout the day.  Sedentary lifestyles are not healthy for the brain.

Exercise leads to increased levels of brain-derived growth factors and new neural connections. One mechanism by which this occurs is the increased blood flow experienced during physical activity (PA), compared to sitting still.

Higher levels exercise during mid-life is associated with increased brain volume 20 years later and decreased incidence of memory loss or dementia. Young children who exercise have decreased risk of development multiple sclerosis.

Exercise is emerging to be a tool for recovery from neurologic disease as well.  High-risk individuals who had a minor-stroke had decreased risk of secondary stroke if they engaged in high PA, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy – previously suspected to have no known cure – is also showing signs of reversal after starting an exercise regimen.

Get out your running shoes. Exercise is a necessary component for Mindful Neurology healing program. Our team will help find way to make this possible for you.