Improving Our Memory:
Exercise is linked to actually increasing the size of the hippocampus, a brain structure important for memory that typically shrinks as a person ages.
There was a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found that people who underwent exercise training for one year increased the size of the hippocampus about 2%.
In comparison there was a study where participants who were assigned to a stretching program had a 1.4% shrinkage of this vital structure.
The beneficial effect of increasing the size of the hippocampus may be the result of increased levels of a compound called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. BDNF promotes the growth of neurons in the brain and strengthens the connections between brain cells.
Exercise also encourages the formation of new blood vessels in the brain AND it can reduce your stress levels and improve your sleep - Two very important measures that will help with our memory!
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