Observations show that younger generations are getting more prone to diseases and have a shorter lifespan, thanks to the sedentary lifestyle. Technology has made our life easier but has taken a toll on our bodies. We have become prone to lifestyle disorders which are affecting both our body and mind.
Universities worldwide have accepted the fact that physical activity can alleviate depression, slow down age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms, depressive disorders, nourish the brain cells and aid survival of the existing ones. Exercise programs designed for the recovery of people with major depressive disorders have promising results; however, exercise remains the most underrated mood enhancer.
Scientists are coming up with a proper prescription for exercise- the time, type, duration etc. to achieve a higher cognitive boost and to make the best of it.
The activities that require logical thinking, rhythm and coordination form a perfect blend to promote the growth and regeneration of new brain cells, making us smarter in the long run. An early morning session of moderate physical exercise like running, aerobics, cycling which combine rhythm and coordination, prime the brain for enhanced intellectual capacity by creating a neurochemical balance.
Combined tasks involving the brain and body strengthens the mind, helping us gain the confidence to perform the toughest tasks with ease. The stimulation of the cingulate cortex of the brain is related to the awareness of the effort made and provides permanent results.
Reports suggest that a 15 minutes brisk walk significantly increases creativity in individuals. Practically, any physical activity that causes a rise in heart rate increases the blood flow to the brain leading to an increase in cognition. Therefore planning mini sessions of physical activity during the day can maintain optimum energy levels all around the day. The brain is much more active and alert during exercise, unlike during rest.
Aerobic exercises are proven to change both the structure and function of the brain, which boosts learning in kids and protects adults from age-related cognitive decline. Aerobics cause a rise in amplitude and frequency of brain waves. The high-frequency brain waves are associated with attention, memory, and information processing.
During exercise, the brain also replenishes the stock of essential neurotransmitters like GABA and glutamate, required for optimal brain function. The brain works to build new network connections between neurons, which increase the connectivity between the parts of the brain related to memory, attention, and decision-making, multitasking, and sensory processing information. We strengthen our skills through regular exercise.
Exercise makes perceptions sharper and more delicate. The brain becomes more receptive to incoming information from the sense organs.