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NEW START Lifestyle Club
NEW START LIFESTYLE CLUB
Many studies have shown that exercise can increase mental clarity and reduce stress and anxiety. Karen Postal, Ph.D., says that in addition to stimulating new brain cells, exercise also increases BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor), which can lead to brain cells binding directly to one another. Aerobic exercise not only raises your heart rate, but also can directly and immediately lead to improved focus and concentration.
Postal says following a half hour of strenuous exercise, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex works harder to resist distracters.
“Studies also show that immediately following exercise, problem solving, memory and attention improve,” Postal says. Merely walking in the park also can reduce stress and increase mental clarity. Recent research from Stanford University found that walking alone in green, natural spaces can reduce blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex. Study participants who walked in nature reported less brooding, “quieter” brains and improved moods, compared to those who walked in urban settings.
We have many trails in Genesee County that will help you enjoy the peace of nature and help you experience all the perks in this study at the same time. Time for a walk?