We know that exercise is good for the body, but now researchers have found that it’s also good for the BRAIN: Both aerobic exercise and strength training play a vital role in maintaining brain and cognitive health throughout life.

Here’s what’s BAD for the brain: Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and being overweight in middle age, all of which can cause your brain to SHRINK, leading to cognitive problems up to a decade later. Aerobic exercise (such as running, swimming, biking, running) is important for getting a head start during childhood on cognitive abilities that are important throughout life. Physical INactivity is associated with poorer academic performance and results on standard neuropsychological tests, while exercise appears to improve memory, attention, and decision-making.

One of the things this study shows us is that the school day should always include recess! However, these effects also extend to young and elderly adults.

Ever feel like you’re beleaguered by "The Tyranny of the Body?" This is the title of the chapter about exercise in Anne Strieber’s diet book, "What I Learned from the Fat Years." Learn how you can lose the weight you need to and how to KEEP IT OFF–download this wonderful book today!

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