Exercise your brain

When I take my morning walk, I’m improving my body and my brain.

That’s the fascinating conclusion of Dr. John J. Ratey in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

Exercise improves learning on three levels, Dr. Ratey says. “First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention and motivation. Second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information. And, third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus.”

I’ll share more of Dr. Ratey’s conclusions about how exercise also can help you fight depression and addictions in upcoming blog posts.

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