Exercise Improves Brain Function

Did you know exercise can improve brain function and potentially be the “smart pill” that will make people more focused and productive? Writer, Wendy A. Suzuki, definitely did. In her article “A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed”  Suzuki explains the data that connects exercise to an increased level of focus. Suzuki connects this increased level of focus to our blood flow, as an increased blood flow will increase brain function. In addition to blood flow, Suzuki connects exercise to one’s hippocampus: the area of the brain responsible for long term memory. IMG_0071

Personally, I was not surprised by this revelation as my P.E. teacher in elementary school had mentioned how exercising before doing homework helps one increase focus. Although I was aware of the concept, I did not know there was so much science connected to the theory. I thought it was interesting how only 30 minutes of exercise could improve one’s mood because exercise seems like such a disconnect in comparison to one’s mood. Not only does exercising help me increase focus, but it makes me feel better and more accomplished  as well.

With that being said, schools ranging from all age groups, should encourage more exercise. Often high school students are stressed out with minimal time to exercise. With proven data that exercise increases focus, teachers should implement exercise before every class. Read more about how to include more exercise into one’s daily routine!

Learn more about how exercise improves brain function in this Forbes article!


3 thoughts on “Exercise Improves Brain Function

  1. Hey Mavis! I really enjoyed reading your post and I loved how you added in a personal image of you playing volleyball to give the reader an idea of your relation to it all! I think everything was really well written and I really enjoyed it!!


  2. Hey Mavis!
    Your post was really easy to read and had a great summary of the article. I like how you included a personal story of your first encounter with the idea that exercise can help you focus. I totally agree with you that schools need to encourage exercise a lot more because of how important it is. Exercise puts me in a good mood too! Thanks for including another article to check out, that was really helpful.
    Juliana Barranti


  3. Hi Mavis,

    This is such an interesting and great post! You did a really good job giving a overview of the article you read and made it easy to understand. It was cool how you even included your personal story. I agree that schools should encourage and provide more chances for kids to exercise and that its really important in our schools. Keep up the good work!



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