by Jesse Meester
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Receiving messages from clients daily missing MeesterPT and their personal exercising routines. So why do you feel restless? Mind-body connection. Don’t stop when you are on holiday. Your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body- you either use it or you lose it. You utilize the gym to stimulate the growth of muscle cells, just as you use a brain fitness program to increase connections in your brain. Exercise -even if it’s just a little bit- increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the brain cells. When you stop exercising your body and mind will accommodate and produce less endorphins.

blog-13891877_1083396891695667_5988953143908319903_nExercise stimulates the brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain. From a behavioral perspective, the same antidepressant-like effects associated with “runner’s high” found in humans is associated with a drop in stress hormones. Studies show that the antidepressant effect of running was also associated with more cell growth in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

Enjoy your holiday. Don’t miss out.

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