During the current pandemic of Covid-19, recreational activities are cancelled and more people are working from home. This is ultimately leading to people exercising less.
Why is exercising so important? Two important reasons include:
- Oxygenation of the blood – which supplies all of our tissues with fresh resources to function.
- Challenging our brain to navigate in unfamiliar surroundings. This means that as our brain is working to process changes in pace, uneven ground, and even directions. This stimulates the hippocampus – which is responsible for memory! This is why so many studies show that exercise is beneficial for memory.
This is why it is so beneficial for your body and brain to exercise in the great outdoors. The number of variables is constantly changing – from the terrain to the weather to even the vegetation. This activates the hippocampus (leading to improved memory) and increases blood flow and oxygenation to all your tissues!
Check out this video on why you should stay active during the pandemic and beyond! https://youtu.be/0eWkWB5Vx0U
Looking for more info on how exercise affects your brain? Check out this article: https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/exercise-and-the-brain-why-moving-your-body-matters/