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  • Want to reward your brain? Get off the couch

    Huffington Post - 03/14/2017

    Exercise has the potential to stave off heart disease, diabetes, and a range of other ailments. Staying physically fit can help keep the mind sharp as well.

    As a professor of psychology, neuroscience and engineering, I’ve spent much of my career studying the links between physical and cognitive health. While most people are probably aware that there is a mutually impactful relationship between our bodies and our minds, few realize just how consistent physical activity can change the brain’s structure and function. Aerobic exercise expands the volume of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, and can alter connections between the brain’s various networks that support memory and decision making.

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