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1, Dec 4, 2012

Your everyday habit and your mental health

Filed under: Brain — admin @ 12:44 am

I read this research on “your daily habits, lifestyle and your mental health” during Thanksgiving break. In the long run, your daily habits — what you eat and drink, whether you exercise, how stressed you are, and more — affect your mental health every bit as much as your physical health.

Physical fitness and mental fitness go together. People who exercise regularly tend to stay mentally sharp into their 70s, 80s, and beyond.

Research suggests that the exercise should be moderate to vigorous and regular. Examples of moderate exercise include brisk walking, stationary bicycling, water aerobics, and competitive table tennis. Vigorous activities include jogging, high impact aerobic dancing, square dancing, and tennis.

Exercise helps memory in several ways. It reduces the risk of developing several potentially memory-robbing conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Exercise is good for the lungs, and people who have good lung function send more oxygen to their brains. There is some evidence that exercise helps build new connections between brain cells and improves communication between them.

Finally, exercise has been linked to increased production of neurotrophins, substances that nourish brain cells and help protect them against damage from stroke and other injuries.

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