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Can exercise help you get ahead at work?

A strong body makes the mind strong – 

According to new research, to get ahead at work you may want to start by exercising your body.

 Exercise has been widely accepted to greatly benefit mental health and the prevention of age related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

New research however is validating the power of exercise and how it can shape the structure and function of the brain. Recent animal studies have compared the brains of active mice that have access to a running wheel and sedentary mice.  After a week of running they tested the mice and found they had undergone neurogenesis or increased production of neurons and connections in the brain. The mice were able to learn a lot quicker, retain new things in there memory for longer and had increased cognitive function.

Researchers are now looking to human brains to see if there are similar findings.

With this crazy spring weather it can be hard to find the motivation to make time for exercising. Try starting with a brisk 10 minute walk around the block or even getting off your tram a stop early or two. Just getting a little bit of movement is better than none.


Janine Round

This post was written by Dr Janine Symington.

You can find out more about Janine here or book an appointment here.

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