Exercise and the Brain

Exercise and the Brain

In case you may be wondering how exercise is related to intelligence, I would like to share that exercise can help increase the mental sharpness of the mind.  Here are just a few ways that exercise boosts intelligence:

  • Playing sports helps with visual acuity and reflex

 When you play a sport one has to outmaneuver their opponent by finding the best route to the goal or target.  This involves focus and quick reflexes to avoid losing the ball while still navigating to the ultimate destination – the net or goal line.

  • Cardiovascular training helps one to build endurance

This assists with not giving up on a project or important job at work.  Because one has been physically trained to stay the course and complete the workout, this same ethic carries over into one’s work life.

  • Exercise boosts creativity

One of the best times to obtain ideas is first thing in the morning during a bout of exercise.  I brainstorm how to solve a problem and the answer will usually come to me during my exercise routine.

  • Exercise boosts the production of new brain cells

This process is known as neurogenesis.  According to an article in Forbes magazine, October 2013, states that “exercise stimulates the production of 2 proteins – FNDC5 and BDNF.”

  • Yoga and deep breathing exercise help to relax the mind

One of the best ways to relieve stress is through deep breathing exercises and yoga. When you practice deep breathing with eyes closed or perform yoga poses there is concentration involved with respect to shutting out the environment.  This allows more oxygen to flow to the brain, more clarity of thought and better ability to cope with stress during the day.


 “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

 Louis Pasteur, Chemist

“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.”

Charles Schwab, American Steel Magnate

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