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Do the Brain Benefits of Exercise Last?

Exercise for the Brain

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  • Two new studies have revealed that the brain benefits of exercise appear to quickly fade if your exercise program stops
  • In previously active rats, the brain benefits (both mood- and memory-related) started to fade within one to six weeks of not exercising
  • The results suggest that your body is designed for regular exercise, not sporadic or infrequent activity, and engaging in exercise throughout your life is likely to lead to the greatest gains
  • If you exercise regularly, you are not only supporting your brain health but also preventing and reducing chronic disease processes throughout your entire life

By Dr. Mercola

One of the many perks of exercising is that it is well known to support your brain health through BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor). This even spurs the creation of new brain cells (a process called neurogenesis).


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