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Let's Take a Walk!: Exercise Is Good For Our Brains: by Kristina Chew Exercise can make you smarter, by helping

Let's Take a Walk!: Exercise Is Good For Our Brains: by Kristina Chew Exercise can make you smarter, by helping

Exercise can make you smarter, by helping to slow down and even turn around the physical decay of the brain. Writing in the New York Times Sunday magazine , Gretchen Reynolds (who writes the NYT’s Well blog ) reviews some recent scientific studies exploring why walking, running, swimming and the like are good for your health and for your head. Reynolds points out that the “brain, like all muscles and organs, is a tissue, and its function declines with underuse and age.” From our late 20s on, we lose about 1 percent of the volume of our hippocampus (which is associated with memory and certain types of learning) a year. In the 1990s, scientists discovered that adult human brains do generate new neurons and that exercise helps the brain to generate larger amounts of neurons. But just having more new neurons doesn’t alone increase intellect, Reynolds writes: For such to happen...

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