Updated: Jun 3, 2020
"What if I told you there was something that you can do right now that would have an immediate, positive benefit for your brain including your mood and your focus? And what if I told you that same thing could actually last a long time and protect your brain from different conditions like depression, Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Would you do it?"
This is how Wendy Suzuki, a famous neuroscientist, started her 2017 TED Talk called "The brain-changing benefits of exercise". If you haven't yet listened to the full version, we highly recommend that you do - Wendy does a phenomenal job articulating exactly how exercise is the most transformative thing you can do for your brain.
In the meantime, we will summarise the talk below. Let us know if you have any thoughts on this in the comments below!
Exercise has been clinically demonstrated to:
1️⃣ Improve your mood (by increasing levels of neurotransmitters)
2️⃣ Improve your ability to focus and shift attention
3️⃣ Improve your reaction times
1️⃣ ALL of the three immediate effects listed above become long-term with regular exercise.
2️⃣ In addition, you will significantly delay your chances of getting neurodegenerative disease or aging-related cognitive decline.
To summarize in Wendy's words: "Binging exercise in your life will not only give you a happier, more protective life today, but it will protect your brain from incurable diseases. And in this way it will change the trajectory of your life for the better."
How much cooler can exercise get?!