08 Mar '12, 11am

How to Strengthen Your Brain

How to Strengthen Your Brain

As you exercise regularly for several months in a row, your brain physically changes in some significant ways. First, your individual neurons get stronger. Your brain cells work harder and faster when you exercise. Exercise stresses your neurons more than when you’re at rest, and they respond by adapting to this stress; they become more efficient and more resilient. Think of it like training a muscle. Suppose you can only do bicep curls with 20 lbs, and you train up to 30 lbs. Then if you try to lift 20 lbs, it will feel lighter to you. Why? Because your arms have grown stronger. Your brain cells work the same way. When you place higher demands on them temporarily, they grow stronger, and this makes the normal, non-exercising workload seem lighter and less taxing. The net effect is that physical exercise will improve your thinking by improving the strength and efficiency o...

Full article: http://www.transitioning.org/2011/12/13/how-to-strengthen...

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