Physical activity for a healthy brain

Physical activity has been a natural part of life since the beginning of time. The human body was made for moving. Both body and soul benefit greatly from regular exercise. It has long been recognized that exercise is good for one's physical health. Modern life survival does not demand that we use our body as much as we should however, leading to near epidemic spread of modern welfare diseases such as diabetes, obesity, etc.

Physical activity is also something the brain likes. Known effects includes increased stress tolerance, relieved depressions, improved immunity system and better quality of sleep. Modern research has also shown that regular physical activity is one of the best ways to stimulate growth of brain cells, probably due to increased circulation. Growth is the strongest in hippocampus, the part of the brain which is engaged in learning and memory functions. Some research studies also show that newly created nerve cells in the brain are recruited to damaged areas of the brain and try to repair the brain. This can be helpful if one has already been affected by for example stroke.

Zhineng Qigong uses soft physical exercise

One should however be careful not to overdo physical activity. It has been shown that too much or too demanding training can have a negative effect resulting in fewer brain cells, if the body is not allowed to recuperate. Excessive training can even lead to increased irritation or anger, depression, concentration difficulties, sleep problems and an increased sensitivity to stress.

In Zhineng Qiqong we use calm, soft physical activity in order to soften and relax the body as well as improving circulation.

 

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