Exercise Does Your Body – & Your Brain – Good

New research shows that exercising can contribute to sharper thinking and memory skills.Exercise activates countless neurons, which coordinate muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function, and all of the complex interactions that allow you to move. The research indicated that exercise can help your brain’s thinking and memory functions even when you’re not moving. Prolonged exercise significantly lowers the brain’s stores of energy, especially in the frontal cortex and hippocampus, which are involved in thinking and memory, as well as in the mechanics of moving.

The study also found that eating carbohydrates immediately after exhaustive exercise also might enhance the benefits of exercise on the brain. So make sure you eat a banana after your next boot camp session!