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What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising

Brain Activity

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  • Just 20 minutes of daily exercise leads to dramatic increases in brain
  • Endurance runners who skipped exercise for 10 days had reductions in blood flow to their brain’s hippocampus, which is a region associated with memories and emotions
  • After about two weeks of not exercising, your endurance may suffer because of decreases in your VO2 max (also known as maximal oxygen intake)
  • Exercise benefits to blood pressure and glucose levels are also among the first to go if you skip too many workouts

By Dr. Mercola

Evidence shows that physical exercise helps you build a brain that not only resists shrinkage as you age but also increases cognitive abilities.


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