The following article By Steven Reinberg appeared in healthfinder.gov website.

Exercise Keeps the Brain Young – Experiments in mice find running increases production of neural stem cells…

The key points I take away from this article are:

  • Exercise appears to reverse the decline in the production of brain stem cells usually associated with aging.
  • Exercise has the ability to restore a neurochemical essential for the production of new brain cells.
  • Moderate running can improve the production, survival and growth of new neurons in the brain.
  • The production of neural stem cells in the hippocampus decreases dramatically by middle age, and moderate running exercise can slow this trend.
  • Exercise can maintain health and proper health of our brain.

(SOURCES: Yu-Min Kuo, Ph.D., associate professor, department of cell biology and anatomy, National Cheng Kung University Medical College, Tainan, Taiwan; Paul Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., professor, neurosurgery, and director, University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair, Tampa; November 2008 Journal of Applied Physiology )

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  1. [...] program.  In terms of brain health, good physical fitness is good for the brain.  In fact, studies have shown that physical exercise can help reverse brain decline as we age.  But physical fitness [...]

  2. CoeloJesAwase @ 2009-01-03 15:49

    Hi all!

    My name is John and Im new to this place :) . So far this is an incredible place for information and I have spent a ton of time reading and browsing around. Look forward to hearing from you!

  3. Welcome John! I hope you find the information here useful.
    Gary

  4. I am new here also and I am finding out a lot of good reading here. Thanks for sharing.

    It is probably true because I when I am down and depress I go excercise and I am refilled with energy and the positive feelings. I try to do about 30min to 1hr of excercise three times per week.
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  5. This definitely makes sense to me as I find after working out I can think much more clearly, have more energy, and can generally get more done. This also explains why elderly people who exercise seem to be in general better health and sound mind. Even more reason to exercise daily!

  6. I also believe that exercising is very good for brain. After exercising a person feels fresh and remains active through out the day.

  7. Thanks,, It’s a very great information.. I always knew that there must be a coordination between physical activities and our brain :)

  8. Very interesting information.
    The pair Brain,Body has to be estimulated together.

  9. Hi,
    I am new to this site but i want to play the games that will help me to increase my memory.. Can you please send the names of those games??? Are these games will help me to make me physically and mentally fit??

  10. There is an excellent book called SPARK on the neuroscience of exercise. When exercised, muscles produce chemical signals that do cause growth of brain cells. Also see Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley for similar discussions. It is true. (I’m a physician.)

  11. Great article. From my own experience I have definitely seen the difference in the way i can mentally focus after going for run and doing some physical exercise.

    @ Jim – thanks for those references to those books, and going to check them out.

  12. Hi Jim, thanks for the info on the SPARK book !!

  13. [...] cool is that? And as previously written about here on this blog, it has been shown that physical exercise can even reverse brain [...]

  14. This just makes sense. Our body’s systems are all interconnected; one can’t function without the other. And physical fitness can make a physical change in the brain just as the reverse is true. If you really want to enhance your mental performance, work on getting your body fit first!

  15. This is spot on, I run a lot and when I take periods out for whatever reasons, my body totally changes. running and exercise just make you feel so much better. I started a couple of years ago when a three mile run nearly killed me and I thought I was reasonably fit. I can now run 7/8 miles without any problems and not feel stiff the next day! Keep up the good work!
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  16. [...] written several posts in the past which connected physical exercise to brain fitness.  Well I just came across a news article today [...]

  17. I just found this site and am glad I did. I’ll be spending a lot of time looking around, as I’m always interested in improving my brain health and fitness. I’ve always believed that exercising the brain with games, puzzles, etc., keeps it healthy. But it makes sense that physical exercise would be good for the brain also. After all, if its good for the rest of the body, why not the brain also?
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  18. Very Informative Post. You made some good points. I especially liked it. Keep up the good work. Thanks with regards

  19. I am always looking for the way to improve brain function,keeping good memory and so on.I wonder if a weight training works on it and some one told me it can improve the sex life too.It’s really great that I find this blog here.

  20. You’ve got your point via a great deal far better than I at any time could, thank you!

  21. I think that anytime you doing something differently or new, your brain is working or creating new memory of that task which is like exercising for the brain, so I think the task mentioned in the article will surely accomplished this.

  22. This article may possibly be mentioned on Twitter by someone. genuinely?

  23. I didn’t know about this one. Good thing I saw your post. Brain is really important and we need to take care of it.

  24. Really you have given well results what will proved helpful for this .

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