Studies: Exercise Slows & Reverses Brain Decay
- A clinical study performed on senior citizens between the ages of 60 and 80 showed that when they walked 30 to 45 minute three days a week for a full year the hippocampus region in their brain improved. The hippocampus is the region that is important for our memory capabilities.
- Exercise not only prevents brain deterioration, but can reverse it as well. A steep mental decline with aging isn’t something we have to accept. Exercise rejuvenates and maintains your muscles and mind, keeping you feeling and thinking better for more of your life.
- Interestingly enough, much like exercise, intermittent fasting triggers very similar hormonal and chemical reactions within your body that rejuvenate and help keep both your muscle and brain tissues alive and well.
Feature quote from fitness.mercola.com –
Exercise is one of the “secret weapons” to overcoming depression, and studies have shown its efficiency typically surpasses that of antidepressant drugs.
In fact, research has shown that in most cases these drugs work no better than a placebo – and can also have serious side effects.
One of the ways exercise promotes mental health is by normalizing insulin resistance and boosting natural “feel good” hormones and neurotransmitters associated with mood control, including endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, and GABA.