Exercise Your Brain!

Celebrating World Brain Day, July 22nd!

The brain is the most important organ in the human body. It is essential for us to do what we can to support our brain and its functions! Exercise has been proven to help cognitive ability, which is one of the brain’s many functions that encompasses memory, reasoning, problem solving, and various other purposes.

Aerobic fitness, including walking, jogging, and biking, is a great activity that assists with the brain’s functions of memory and learning. The National Library of Medicine reports that exercising helps with memory performance and longer lasting memory. Also, those who frequently walk, or jog, have improved their performance of cognitive control which is related to overall healthy behaviors or reactions.

As you age, it is important to continue to exercise and move your body. Memory loss or forgetfulness tend to increase as you get older, due to decreased blood flow to the brain. Exercise has many proven benefits, specifically the increase of blood flow to everywhere in the body. Even taking short walks each day will not only help to maintain the mobility of your body, but also your brain! Cognitive abilities age as you do, so taking the extra step to walk or exercise more will make all the difference in your quality of life.

Walking outside is a great form of exercise and an opportunity to appreciate nature.

At McGregor, we encourage you to take a walk around our campus to enjoy our trails and gardens, and to support your brain!