There are certain things you know are essential to your fitness routine: warming up, stretching, cooling down, staying hydrated. One thing that is just as essential to your routine is something you wouldn’t usually think of – your brain. Many studies have shown a connection between your brain’s health and physical activity. Attending to both will make your fitness routine even better.
You might be aware of the fact that exercise can have positive effects on the brain. The simplest way that physical activity affects the brain is through the growth of brain cells. Moderate physical activity has been demonstrated to keep existing brain cells healthy and encourages the growth of new ones. Both aerobic and resistance training can improve your spatial memory (remembering where things are in relation to others) and it’s thought that exercise activates the same part of the brain where that skill is stored. Exercise increases the level of oxygen and the blood flow to the brain, which helps the brain to run more efficiently. If something goes wrong in the brain, like a stroke, physical activity has been shown to help the brain recover more quickly.
Just as the brain is affected by physical activity, physical activity is affected by the brain. Different parts of the brain affect how well you can do in physical activity. One of the most important parts of the brain is the cerebellum. The cerebellum is responsible for two important aspects of physical activity: your sense of balance and your ability to coordinate your movements. The biggest part of the brain, the cerebrum, is responsible for movement itself; the commands you give to your arms and legs to make them move are from the cerebrum.
So how do you keep those parts of the brain in top shape? Making sure your exercise routine has activities that positively affect those parts of the brain is one of the best ways. Any exercise that develops balance and coordination can help keep the cerebellum in shape, and exercise that affects gross motor activity, like running or walking, can help the cerebrum.
If you want to help keep your brain health at its best so you can achieve those fitness goals, the NeurolignFit provides daily training exercises that can help keep your brain health at its best. The exercise results are recorded so your progress can be tracked and you can then see the long-term results of your training.