How exercise is good for your brain as well as your body.

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Michelle in her happy place outdoors. Photo by Paul Petch.

Michelle in her happy place outdoors. Photo by Paul Petch.

In this age of screen driven office life, it’s easy to forget that we are actually built to move all day.

Our caveman self didn’t sit hunched over a desk staring at the same spot, our caveman self was aware of our environment around us, listening, seeing, smelling, touching, stimulating all of our senses to stimulate our brain. We hunted by using our brain to find, hide and store food, then used our memory to retrieve the food when we needed it. We did this well because we were using our bodies constantly, running around, chasing prey, carrying out physical tasks, our brains and our bodies worked as one.

In addition to better brain power, you also feel happier as exercise releases endorphins, a chemical designed to fight stress with the same effective power of antidepressant drugs!  This is commonly known as runners high and in addition to making you feel happier it is also linked to more brain cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for learning and memory.

– Read full blog post at my blog.

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Dr. Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) believes everyone can learn about science and wants to show you that it can be really fun!
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