The Brain Loves Excercise

Young couple doing pushups in the stadium

Some of the key benefits of exercise on brain health, hormonal regulation, mental health, and prevention.

Improved Brain Function:

Exercise has been shown to enhance brain function and improve cognitive performance. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which can improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to brain cells, promoting neuroplasticity, and improving cognitive function. 


Exercise can increase the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to new experiences. 

Hormones and Neurotransmitters released: Endorphins are released dulling the sensation of pain. Serotonin is released enhancing mood and regulating digestion, bone density, sexual function, and blood consistency. Dopamine is released improving motivation, focus, learning and fine motor control. Norepinephrine (adrenaline) is released improving attention, perception, learning, and neuroplasticity. 

Improved Sleep:

Exercise can help regulate the sleep-wake cycle and improve sleep quality, which is essential for brain health. 

Reduced Inflammation:

Exercise has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce inflammation in the brain and throughout the body, which is beneficial for overall health and cognitive function. 

Reduced Risk of Neurodegenerative Diseases:

Regular exercise has been associated with a reduced risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, potentially due to its effects on neuroplasticity and reducing inflammation. 

At Axon, we believe the best exercise is the one you like the most, the one you will consistently do, and the one that gives you the best returns for your health. 

Overall, exercise has numerous benefits for brain physiology, neurochemistry, and mental health. Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine can help improve brain function, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. 

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