Exercise Motivation: It Keeps Your Brain Fit Too!

by Bob Walsh

We all know that working out is good for us. But finding motivation to exercise is not always easy. If you’re like most people, you’re putting of physical exercise several times a week.

So here’s a little medical fact that might increase your exercise motivation:

Exercise Helps To Keep Your Brain Fit

While the number of dementia and Alzheimer is rapidly increasing in the USA, a recent study has shown that the people who engaged in the most physical exercise showed the least brain shrinkage as they age.

It’s not just that exercise helps to prevent your brain from getting older, but it actually promotes brain cell regeneration.

What’s more, it also stimulates the production of important brain chemicals like BDNF.

Why is BDNF good for your brain? Because…

  1. it helps to maintain memory
  2. improves skilled task performance, and
  3. enhances your overall cognitive function.

In fact, a recent study1 has shown that physical exercise is more powerful than mental exercise (or brain training) when it comes to keeping the brain fit.

What’s The Best Way To Keep Your Memory Strong?

It’s already known for a long time that neither cross-world puzzles nor more neuroscientific approaches to brain training work as well when it comes to a strong memory compared to physical exercise.

It’s kind of ironic that people who are often more mentally inclined, thinking people who value their mental abilities even more, often have such a hard time to get exercise motivation.

The Safest Way To Stave Off Dementia?

Companies earn billions of dollars every year selling nutrients that proclaim to protect against dementia, Alzheimer and other degenerative brain diseases.

Science has shown again and again that the safest and most reliable way to stave off dementia doesn’t require pills and potions: regular physical exercise provides the best protection for your brain.

However, all this knowledge doesn’t help you at all, if you don’t actually exercise.

Your brain won’t benefit from this knowledge, unless you actually become motivated to exercise regularly.

If you’ve read this far and aren’t exercising at least three times a week, and you don’t start doing that now, you’ve just wasted your time.

So what can you do to build up that motivation – and keep it for a long period of time?

What can you do to actually feel like exercising – rather than thinking that you should exercise, but… not actually doing it?

Reading more about the benefits of working out won’t help.

You need to somehow change things on a deeper level of yourself: your subconscious mind. Because that’s the part of your brain that really has the last word when it comes to doing things.

And the easiest and fastest way to make your subconscious mind want to do exercise to to use hypnosis. You can download a hypnosis recording that will help you to be more motivated to exercise.

  1. Neuroprotective lifestyles and the aging brain - Activity, atrophy, and white matter integrity,doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182703fd2, Neurology October 23, 2012 vol. 79 no. 17 1802-1808 []

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