What Physical Fitness Means to Us
Benefits of Exercise
- Cardio increases the size of the hippocampus thus boosting memory and thinking. The hippocampus, which is located in the brain's medial temporal lobe, is a vital part of the limbic system. It links to long term memory as well as sense of direction.
- Reduces insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body's cells don't unlock themselves and use glucose in the bloodstream as a source of energy. In turn the risk of acquiring pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes is significantly lowered.
- Reduces brain inflammation.
- Encourages the issuing of growth factors. These are chemicals in the brain that promote blood vessel growth, the survival of brain cells, and their numbers.
- Regulates sleeping patterns which improve your mood as well. You'll generally feel more awake and energized throughout the day.
- Contributes to the growth of the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex. These areas are associated with thinking and memory skills as well.
- Significantly decreases stress and anxiety. Endorphins, which are multifaceted chemicals, are produced when exercising. They work as painkillers and improve your ability to fall asleep. This can help to alleviate stress.