There is a scientifically proven method that boosts your mood and focus. And this method is not just short term either. It can help prevent brain conditions including depression, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This magical brain improving method is (drumroll, please)… Physical Exercise!
Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki discusses the effects of physical exercise on your brain in her Ted Talk, “The brain-changing benefits of exercise.” In the talk she states that “a single workout that you do will immediately increase levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline.”
By implementing a long-lasting exercise program, exercise will actually alter the anatomy of your brain’s function and physiology. The most common finding throughout neuroscience studies in this area is improved attention and focus.
You can think of your brain like a muscle. The more you exercise, the larger your prefrontal cortex and hippocampus get. These areas of the brain are prone to cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.
In order to get these benefits, you need to get your heart rate up for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week. Most people however, don’t make time for that minimum because they are working a full-time job.
Imagine if a company were to invest in a corporate wellness program that would improve employee focus, which would increase productivity and company morale. It would also save a boatload on healthcare costs!