22. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Living · Tags: ,

I’ve just read a fascinating article, “Jogging Your Brain,” in today’s NYTimes magazine, which I would have titled “Making Neurons Nimble.”  I won’t steal the article’s thunder by stating the story’s conclusions – “exercise jump-starts neurogenesis.”

Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells (simply, if inelegantly, put).  Research suggests that exercise prompts an increase in “brain derived neurotropic factor (B.D.N.F.), a substance that strengthens cells and axons, and fortifies the connections among neurons and sparks neurogenesis.”  There is more to it than just that, of course, but the benefits of exercise on the millions of chemical reactions that take place within the body continue to astound me.