An Astonishing Effect of Exercise on Your Brain

Exercise not only creates new neurons, it makes those neurons nimble – capable of multitasking.  And, by the way: You’ll live longer too.

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Neurons with superpowers

I was blown away by an absolutely astonishing finding in this study.  Not only does exercise stimulate the formation of new neurons in the brain, but those neurons have a kind of “superpower” –  they are able to join different neural networks.

In the words of the authors, “…running, unlike learning, had created brain cells that could multitask.”

Enhancing cognitive skills

Even though the formation of the new neurons was stimulated by physical activity, they were able to enhance completely unrelated cognitive skills.

Cognitive improvements can be seen in all age groups.  So kids who walk to school do better than bus-riders on tests, and older people can ward off dementia with exercise.

Lack of time is no excuse

And guess what?  Time is no longer an excuse.  Recent studies have proven that as little as one minute of intense exercise per day can confer all the benefits of hours of cardio.

If there were a magic pill that made you smarter, leaner, fitter, healthier, and younger, would you take it?  There is, and it’s free … it’s called exercise.



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