Sport’s good for you – for your head, too

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Much has been said about sport being fundamental to maintaining good physical condition. Meanwhile, scientists have proven that regular physical activity can also have a profound impact on our brain performance – developing our cognitive function, maintaining mental well-being, and preventing diseases, including those with a neurological background. What goes on in our head when we exercise? Learn more and... head off to your workout!

Physical activity and brain activity

Exercise naturally increases blood flow in the body, enhancing oxygen supply to our key organs – including the brain, where blood circulation can increase by up to 25% during workouts. When we are physically active, increased amounts of nutrients reach the brain, which in turn affects its structural development, increasing the volume of the so-called grey matter, commonly known as ‘grey cells.’ This component of the cerebral cortex is responsible for creativity, abstract thinking, learning, memory, and many other functions. While research shows that the volume of grey matter can decrease with age or as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, the good news is that regular exercise supports the process of its regeneration!