A physical workout is an amazing activity. As you begin exercising, your brain cells immediately start functioning at a higher level. This increase in function aids in focus and sustained energy throughout an entire day. That’s the good part.
The not-so-good part is that not all of us work out regularly. Just as any other discipline requires consistency to attain success, so too does physical activity. When you work out regularly, your brain gets used to the frequent surges of blood and adapts to that surge by turning certain genes on or off. Many of these subtle changes boost brain cell function and protect against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even stroke. According to a study by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even exercising for twenty minutes a day facilitates information processing and memory functions.
Your brain is no different than the rest of the muscles in your body. As the saying goes, “use it or lose it”. You know that physical exercise stimulates growth of muscle cells, but do you know exercise also stimulates brain plasticity by promoting growth of new connections between cells in the cortical areas of the brains.
We all know people “hooked” on running or other strenuous exercise. What motivates someone to work so hard? What’s the payoff? Various forms of exercise provide a burst of serotonin, a chemical created by the human body. Working as a neurotransmitter, serotonin influences, directly and indirectly, the majority of brain cells. The result is a feeling of well-being and happiness, which helps maintain mood balance. And balance is what Momentum Building is all about.
By: Amy Guy