07/15/2010 // TiffNews10
U.S. – A new book suggests exercising can have a positive impact on the mind. As reported by USNews.com, even just a few minutes of physical activity can have dramatic effects on the brain.
Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, is quoted in the report as stating of the benefits of exercise, “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning… Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”
As noted in the report, major benefits of exercise for the brain include, learning improvement, stress management, depression symptom reduction, and a boost in self-esteem. Elissa Epel, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and co-author of a study on exercise and stress is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “by altering blood flow to those areas in the brain involved in triggering us to relive these stressful thoughts again and again.”
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