As the winter months draw to a close, more and more Melburnians are dusting off their active gear and looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Most of us look to exercise for the immediate benefits of physical fitness and to trim that winter belly, but have you ever thought of what else it might be doing? New and exciting research is finding that physical exercise and movement are key in the management of many conditions, from osteoarthritis to normal brain function, Alzheimer’s and dementia!
The increased blood flow to our brain delivered by exercise improves our mental capacity and function. Nerves fire more efficiently, creating bigger and faster connections, our brains are literally ‘upgraded’ – improving our ability to process and solve complex problems1. Obvious benefits in combating stress and depression are complimented by an improvement of Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms1,2. Physical activity has been positively linked to a reduction in the compounds connected to the progression of these conditions; the actual architecture of our brains changes for the better1.