Exercise and the Brain

The benefits of exercise on the brain

There is an old myth that once you lose brain cells you’ll never get them back.  Modern science has shown this to be false. We all know that exercise has many benefits for cardiovascular health, but we are also learning that exercise can have a great impact on your brain!  Many studies have shown that regular exercise can actually grow the size of your brain and improve your memory. How is this impossible? We now know that exercise boosts your levels of brain derived neurotrophin factor (BDNF) which stimulates the growth of new brain cells and new connections between neurons in your brain. 

So the next time you workout, remember it’s not just your biceps getting bigger, but your brain too.  Happy exercising!

Written by Baris Huner, Pharmacist at Intrepid Pharmacy Oshawa

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