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Smarter, Faster, Stronger: Let’s Workout!

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A lot of people tend to think of the mind and body as separate entities, when in fact what can be good for one (body) can also be good for the other (brain). After all, the mind and body are both parts of you, and you are one complete, connected being; the same blood that travels to your brain also travels to those killer quads. In fact, many studies have shown that regular exercise – at least 10 minutes 3x a week – is linked to improved test scores, focus, memory and cognitive reasoning.

Exercise has also been proven to aid ailments such as ADHD, inflammation, depression, stress and age related cognitive decline.
For children that suffer from ADHD, exercise helps the brain focus, calm down and develop properly, while at the same time burning away extra energy and releasing beneficial endorphins like dopamine and serotonin.Exercise also has anti-inflammatory properties for the heart, joints, brain and eyes.
For those individuals that are suffering from stress or depression, exercise is an effective antidepressant due to the release of endorphins – but that doesn’t mean it can replace your medication. Exercising also increases the body’s ability to handle stress.When you exercise, the symptoms of cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s are slowed, and sometimes even reversed. This is because working out helps your body remove plaque and debris from the brain, which rejuvenates cells, encourages your body to produce more brain cells and promotes connections between neurons; this means that your memory and learning capacities are increased.

Along with aiding particular ailments, exercise is beneficial purely for the fact that it helps your body as well as your brain overall. When you engage in cardio, blood gets pumped through your body and your heart becomes more efficient due to necessity. Your brain gets more oxygen and energy, thus improving attention, productivity, endurance and focus for several hours after working out. Try to partake in some exercise rather than chugging a coffee before studying, taking a test or during that middle of the day slump, you’ll be amazed at the results.

I can’t stress enough the importance of exercising. It only takes a few minutes a day to start, and soon you will find yourself improving and impressing yourself with your capabilities. The mind and body are terrible things to waste, so work on working them out.