Some Interesting Benefits Derived From Exercise
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Some Interesting Benefits Derived From Exercise

Exercise offers several benefits. These include weight reduction and therefore, prevention of obesity. When obesity is prevented, the onset of several diseases can be prevented. It has been shown that women affected by breast cancer benefit from exercise when undergoing therapy. Music is sweet and even more sweetening is the news that music can enhance the effects of exercise. Exercise also promotes the growth of new brain cells.

The benefits of exercise go beyond prevention of weight gain and body building. Of course, the prevention of obesity can counter the onset of several diseases. A new report suggests that women affected by breast cancer may benefit from exercise. When these women exercise during therapy, their lives have been seen to be transformed. They show more confidence. They have reduced anxiety and depression. There was also a great improvement in the overall quality of life. They also become free from fatigue. The exercise need not be intense and can be moderate or, light. Even walking helps. Exercise boosts the levels of the brain chemicals called endorphins which act as mood elevators.

Music Supplements Exercise Benefits

Another interesting study reveals an interesting side of exercise. This study showed the impact of music while exercising. Around thirty men undergoing cardiac rehabilitation program were divided into two groups. One group was asked to exercise in the presence of music and the other in the absence of music. The music employed was classical music. These men were then tested for mental performance. The group which exercised in the presence of music performed better on verbal tests indicating improved brain performance. Scientists suspect that other types of music may provide similar results. It has been suggested that music stimulates the frontal lobe of the brain. This region of the brain is concerned with higher mental functions.

Exercise Protects Against Brain Shrinkage

Mental exercises have been suggested as a technique to keep the brain ticking and to counter the effects of ageing on the brain. These exercises have been particularly suggested to prevent the onset of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. The success of these experiments has not been conclusive. However, there is a simpler way of boosting the functioning of the brain. This method is not as taxing as mental exercises. It is physical exercise which can achieve the improvement in brain function. Exercise seems to protect the brain from becoming reduced in volume (shrinking of the brain).

 Exercise Promotes Neurogenesis

Another interesting animal study showed that rats which ran all the time were smarter and performed well on cognitive tests while rats which did not run showed no improvement in these tests. As people age, the brain also ages. In fact, people start losing brain cells after the age of twenty. It was earlier assumed that the adult brain cannot create new cells. However, this assumption has been proved wrong and it has been shown that the brain is capable of producing new neurons. Exercise stimulates neurogenesis. More importantly, most of the new neurons produced are in the hippocampus, a region in the brain concerned with memory. Exercise stimulates the formation in the brain of brain-derived neurotropic factor which promotes neurogenesis. The type of exercise involved is not a constraint in bringing about this benefit.

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