Exercise for your brain

We all know that exercise can improve how we look and feel and how our clothes fit. But there’s a hidden benefit of exercise that most of us overlook.

Exercise is the ultimate brain booster.

While exercise – specifically strength training – can make you stronger and improve your bone density, cardiovascular fitness, hormonal balance and blood sugar control, it can also greatly improve our mood, memory and emotional well-being.

Numerous studies have shown that as little as 15 minutes of daily exercise can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. It can also boost memory and self-esteem, increase energy levels and promote better sleep quality.

And here’s the thing: You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get the benefits. Start small, and do a little bit at a time. Simple is better, especially when you’re getting started. Bodyweight exercises like push-ups, tricep dips and squats can be done at home or outdoors when the weather is good.

And while changes to your body can take time, the mental and emotional benefits of exercise can be felt almost instantly.

It’s not just about losing weight or looking better in your clothes. Exercise is like medicine for your brain. So take some today and enjoy the rewards.