Exercise, stress, and the brain: What you should know

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health.

It is performed for many different reasons. These include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, and weight loss or maintenance.

Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent diseases of affluence such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries.

In this video, Dr. Paul Thompson from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) talks about how imaging has revealed the positive effects of exercise on the brain as well as the detrimental effects of stress and cortisol on the brain.

Source: NIBIB gov.

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