Your Brain on Exercise: How Physical Activity Can Improve Your Mental Well-being

January 22, 2016 | Jeannette

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We all know that regular exercise is good for your health. But did you know that it also benefits your brain?

Studies have found that physical activity plays an important role in brain health and recovery.

Psychology Today explains that exercise increases blood flow to the brain which improves cerebrovascular health, releases neurotrophic factors like BDNF which stimulates the growth of new neurons, metabolizes glucose and lipids which brings nourishment to the brain and finally, it improves white matter integrity.

Another study found that light resistance training, like weight training, may also slow the age-related shrinking of some parts of the brain.

Join us at the North York Central Library to find out more about how exercise can improve mental well-being. The presentation will explore how the brain responds to exercise to prevent and manage symptoms of depression. It will also include best exercises and foods to stay mentally healthy.


What: Your Brain on Exercise: How Physical Activity Can Improve Your Mental Well-being

When: Wednesday, February 3rd at 7 – 8:15 PM

Where: North York Central Library, in the Auditorium

For more information: Call the Science & Technology Department at (416) 395-5649


In the meantime, here are some books about the benefits of exercise for the brain:

Exercise and the mind   Exercise for mood and anxiety   Healthy brain, happy life   Spark

Here are some books with activities and foods to keep your brain healthy:

The brain training revolution   Exercises for brain health   Mindfull   Power foods for the brain

And here are some exercise DVDs that are good for your health and your brain:

30 minutes to fitness   Maximum strength overload with Skip Jennings   Strength and stability training for the back and core   The tone every zone walk

There are also exercise e-videos, from Hoopla, that you can access from home with your library card:

The firm   Jillian Michaels beginner shred   Mari Winsor pink ribbon pilates   Richard Simmons sweatin to the oldies 4