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How Exercise Can Help You Focus

If you’re a regular on this site, you’ll know that there are a number of articles about the benefits of exercise in general and how exercise can help you focus.  Regular exercise is absolutely key for your body and its vital organs to function properly but there are added benefits too, three of which I have added below.  They are written by Jennifer Cohen for Forbes.com.

How Exercise Can Help You Focus

Increases Energy

The more you move, the more energized you will feel. Regular physical activity improves your muscle strength and boosts your endurance, giving you the energy you need to think clearer and come up with new ideas. A good 15 minutes of moving around, even just around your living room, makes your body produce more energy on a cellular level.

Sharpens Focus

Dr. John Ratey, author of “Spark – The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” says that exercise improves your brain in the short term by raising your focus for two to three hours afterwards.  If you have a presentation or speaking engagement try to work out beforehand; you’ll be at your peak when you have to perform. In the long term, it can even help starve off brain aging and Alzheimer’s. This works on the cellular level through neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to improve itself with blood flow and levels of brain-derived protein. He calls it “miracle-gro” for the brain, and it all comes from regular exercise!

Helps Impulse Control

Exercise helps trigger endorphins, which improve the prioritizing functions of the brain. After exercise, your ability to sort out priorities improves, allowing you to block out distractions and better concentrate on the task at hand.

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Of all the articles I’ve read about how exercise can help you focus this is the first time I have come across exercise as being an aid in impulse control.  This is a little gem of advice as I for one, act on impulse a little too frequently and struggle with decision-making.  From this day forth, I shall make decisions only after a decent workout.  Will you do the same? Share your thoughts below!

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  2. Hey Darcie,

    Thank you, glad you liked it! I will indeed continue – receiving comments like yours keeps me updating daily.

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