How physical exercise makes your brain work better

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Exercise improves brain function!

"German researchers showed that walking or cycling during, but not before, learning helped new foreign language vocabulary to stick".

Could this be why learning about anatomy (arguably a foreign language for many) is easier during a yoga class? We literally move whilst we learn?

 

Article by B.Martynoga for the Guardian.com

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas.

The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge literacy and numeracy exercises as more beneficial for your brain than running, playing and learning on the move.

But the brain-as-muscle analogy doesn’t quite work. To build up your biceps you can’t avoid flexing them. When it comes to your brain, an oblique approach can be surprisingly effective. In particular, working your body’s muscles can actually benefit your grey matter.

Scientists are showing that the runner’s high and the yogi’s tranquility have profound effects on your brain. Moreover, specific physical activities can markedly alter its structure in precise ways.

A wave of studies exploring the unexpected links between mental and bodily fitness is emerging from labs. This research might give you the impetus to get more active. It can also help you choose the best ways to [….] read more>>

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