Being active employs many systems designed to keep your balance while interpreting and navigating the environment. Activating these systems stimulates making and releasing BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) from tissues throughout the body and brain. Researchers believe that BDNF improves cognitive function by improving connections between nerve cells and by growing new nerve cells even as we age. In human aging and neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's, regions of the brain vital for memory waste away. Animal models suggest that exercise helps alleviate this decline. So being active good for body and mind!
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