The power of exercise on the brain - mood, memory, creativity, and inspiration!
Peer reviewed research shows that exercise not only causes immediate increases in levels of key neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenalin, dopamine and endorphins which mediates stress, and that it improves our ability to shift and focus attention, it now suggests that increased levels of physical exercise can result in improved memory by enhancing both the birth rate and the survival of new hippocampal brain cells. Studies done by Dr Wendy Suzuki of New York University suggest that "Exercise encourages the long-term growth of hippocampal cells by immediately increasing levels of a key growth factor in the hippocampus called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor”. According to Dr Suzuki, recent findings infer that the brain’s hippocampus is also involved in giving people the ability to imagine new situations. Since we know that exercise enhances the birth of new hippocampal brain cells and can improve memory function, this discovery suggests that exercise might be able to improve the imaginative functions of the hippocampusas well. All of this supports the idea that the longer and more regularly you exercise through your life, the lower your chances are of suffering from cognitive decline and dementia as you age, and the higher the chances of an inspired and imaginative life!