Some benefits of exercise are all in your head:)

January 31st, 2014
by Kathy Kres, YAH & Water Aerobics Director, Personal Trainer

Certified Recreation Therapist and Senior Exercise Specialist Elizabeth Best-Martin, MS, gives some examples:

  • Increase flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain improves cognitive function.
  • Cardiovascular benefits may help slow down degenerative neurological changes often associated with normal aging.
  • Aerobic exercise promotes increased cerebral metabolic activity creating better memory, attention, reaction time and crystallized and fluid intelligence (Accumulated life skills).
  • Exercise elevates mood and feelings of wellbeing.
  • Exercise reduces stress, which keeps the brain less focused on worries and more focused on feeling good.
  • Exercise can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Depression impacts the brain’s ability to learn and remember.