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14 November 2023

Weekly wellness tip: The Benefits of Exercise

Published on 14 November 2023

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The Benefits of Exercise

While it’s no surprise that exercise impacts physique, moving around can have surprisingly transformative impacts on the brain. Exercise gives your brain a “bubble bath of neurochemicals says Wendy Suzuki, a professor of neural science.

It has the power not only to boost mood and focus due to the increase in neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline, but also contributes to long-term brain health.

Suzuki notes that you don’t have to become a marathon runner to obtain these benefits — even just 10 minutes of walking per day can have noticeable benefits. It just takes a bit of willpower and experimentation.

Exercise has numerous positive effects on the brain, contributing to overall cognitive function, mental health, and general wellbeing. These also include: improved mood; stress reduction; enhanced cognitive function (reduced risk of cognitive decline); better sleep; brain growth and enhanced executive function.

It's important to note that the benefits of exercise on the brain can be achieved through a variety of physical activities, including aerobic exercises (like running and swimming), strength training, yoga, and even simple activities like walking.

The key is to find an exercise routine that you enjoy and can maintain over time, as consistency is often more important than intensity.