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Link between physical and mental activity?

  1. May 9, 2006 #1
    Is there a link between physical and mental activity?

    For instance, when I'm feeling tired, often if I exercise, if I don't do it to strenuosly, afterwards I'll feel much more awake and alert. I would assume that since your heart gets pounding faster and your body sort of wakes up, that your brain would too. But then, assumptions have no reason to be right.

    So if you get your body moving, your heart pounding, does it stimulate your brain as well? If you're tired and need to do some sort of work (write a paper, solve problems), would jogging a mile before hand help wake you up and allow you to do it better?
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  3. May 9, 2006 #2


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    Light aerobic exercise does get the brain juices flowing. Various factors could be at play here : greater arousal state due to catecholamines, endogenous mineralosteroids and corticosteroids, etc., greater blood flow to all organs and so on.

    I find that leisurely walks allow me to focus on a problem better.
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  4. May 12, 2006 #3
    Grow new neurons just add excercise

    Here's another benefit of excercise for mental activity:

  5. May 22, 2006 #4
    Excercise also releases endorphins in the brain.
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