13 March 2007

Why You Need To Exercise

Other than the obvious answer of getting fit and healthy?

There's one more reason according to new research findings: exercise can help your brain develop more brain cells.

This happens in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a hippocampal structure concerned with the function of building new memories.

Age-related memory decline begins at around 30 years old for most of us, and if we want to counteract that process, we must develop the habit of exercising regularly.

By exercise, I do not mean going to the gym everyday or even hiring a personal fitness instructor. You can do simple exercises like walking, climbing stairs, and even helping around the house doing simple chores like sweeping the floor or throwing out the garbage.

Researchers of the new study said that they are now searching to identify the exercise regimens which will specifically improve memory and cognition.

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