The Powerful Brain Changing Effects Of Exercise – And They’re Free!

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What’s the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki.

Professor Suzuki notes that exercise has the ability to change the brains anatomy, physiology and function. During her engaging TED talk (below) she discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory. She also talks about how it protects our brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Exercise & The Brain

“What if I told you there was something you can do right now that would have an immediate, positive benefit for your brain including mood and focus?,” she asks.

Professor Suzuki is talking about the powerful effects of physical activity. Indeed, moving your body has immediate protective benefits for your brain that can last for the rest of your life. “I want to tell you how I used my deep understanding of neuroscience to essentially do an experiment on myself and discovered why exercise is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain,” she says.

Duration: 12 minutes, 54 seconds.

Wendy Suzuki is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the New York University Centre for Neural Science. She is the author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better.

Main photo by Daniel Reche from Pexels

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.