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  Is Exercise the key to Mental Fitness? I n all hones ty, Exercise is kind of a drag. It’s not only kind of a drag, It’ s a complete drag. A lot of us here, really isn’t cut out for  the lifestyle of going outside, going for a leisurely walk, going for that mid-summer jog, getting all those gains up, no, we would all rather just lie on our couch, find the remote, turn on the TV, go watch the Latest Episode of “The Flash”, watch more reruns of “Game of Thrones”,  play more of that “Big Fish” or even bash someone on Twitter, my point is we would rather do all of these things than to go Exercise, and It’s not (completely) our fault, due to the massive Technology Boom, people have recently been more reluctant to rely on technology aka they gotten a lot lazier about going outside or “physically inactive” per say , studies back this up because statistics shows that less than 5% of adults engage in 30 minutes of physical activity a day, so we really adapted to the “technolog y- reliant” lifestyle  but what a lot of people don’t know is that exercise is really important for us , not only really important but very . You might be thinking, “Oh, this is just another article about how GOOOOD , exercising is.”, or “I already know, it’s good for my BOOOODY , Shut Up.” or you would even say “I would rather play ROS ”, but I’m not going to ta ckle any of those “Physical Benefits” and “How good will it be for our body”, I’m going to be tackling on something equally important, what if I told you that exercise not only improves your body but also improves your mind, a two for one. First of all, what is Exercise ? Exercise is the continuous movement of our body for an extended period of time, in order for the strengthening or the prolonging of endurance of the muscles in our body . That’s good and all but we all already know about how good it is for our body, how about how good is it for our mind? Well a recent study that was  conducted in Hiroshi Maejima ’s physiology lab at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, conducted on mice, suggests that exercise is beneficial for our mind, what exercise does is that it sharpens our cognitive ability, due to many molecular mechanisms underlying exercise’s influence on cognition.  Studies have shown that exercise also leads to the release of proteins and other molecules from muscles, fats and liver tissue that can affect levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which promotes brain health, and other agents that spur neurogenesis, speed new-neuron maturation, promote brain vascularization, and even increase the volume of the hippocampus in humans if you didn’t understand any of that, in summary, it j ust means that it improves your brain. With all honesty, I only told you what exercise can do for you and what benefits it can give your mind, but it’s all up to you if you’re going to listen to everything you just read and take it by heart, no matter what happens, exercise will still, and forever be a fundame ntal essential, that everyone needs. You make the decision whether you’re going to stop sitting down on your favorite seat and decide to go outside, run, jog or even walk and enjoy the view, because what this article is about is to inform and I hope it was able to inform you about more benefits, that you did know about, exercise.    References   1.   H. Maejima et al., “Exercise and low -level GABAA receptor inhibition modulate locomotor activity and the expression of BDNF accompanied by changes in epigenetic regulation in the hippocampus,”   Neurosci Lett  , 685:18 – 23, 2018. 2.   H. van Praag et al., “Running increases cell proliferation and neurogenesis 3.   H. van Praag et al., “Running enhances neurogenesis, learning, and long -term potentiation in mice,”  PNAS  , 96:13427 – 31, 1999. 4.   A. Collins et al., “Exercise improves cognitive responses to psychological stress through enhancement of epigenetic mechanisms and gene expression in the denta te gyrus,”   PLOS ONE  , 4:e4330, 2009. 5.   S.F. Sleiman et al., “Exercise promotes the expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) through the action of the ketone body β - hydroxybutyrate,”   eLife  , 5:e15092, 2016. 6.   H.Y. Moon et al., “Running -induced systemic cathepsin B secretion is associated with memory function,”   Cell Metab  , 24:332 – 40, 2016.  7.   B.E. Fisher et al., “Exercise -induced behavioral recovery and neuroplasticity in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine – lesioned mouse basal ga nglia,”  J Neuro Res  , 77:378 – 90, 2004. 8.   B.E. Fisher et al., “Treadmill exercise elevates striatal dopamine D2 receptor binding potential in patients with early Parkinson’s disease,”   NeuroReport  , 24:509 – 14, 2013. 9.   W.A. Toy et al., “Treadmill exercise reverses dendritic spine loss in direct and indirect striatal medium spiny neurons in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6- tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse model of Parkinson’s disease,”   Neurobiol Dis  , 63:201 – 09, 2014. 10.   S.H. Choi et al., “Combined adult neurogenesis and BDNF mimic exerc ise effects on cognition in an Alzheimer’s mouse model,”   Science  , 361:eaan8821, 2018.

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