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Pillar 3

Improve brain function to stave off cognitive decline,
depression and anxiety

The idea that physical activity improves brain health is well established by now. Exercise increases neurons in the hippocampus which is essential for memory creation and storage, while also improving thinking skills. In older adults regular, physical activity helps slow the usual loss of brain volume which may help to prevent age related memory loss and possibly lower the risk of dementia. Working out improves blood flow to the brain, promotes cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation and lowers levels of stress hormones.

Mental health benefits of exercising

People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of overall wellbeing. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression and anxiety. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood!

Exercise against depression and anxiety

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication but without the side effects, of course. In addition, to relieving depression and anxiety symptoms, research shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing. Exercise is a powerful fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally exercise can also serve as distraction allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

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