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Why rowing and exercise is good for your brain

Dr Gareth Turner, Physiologist with the GB Rowing Team, explores the science on why keeping active has physical and mental benefits

Why rowing and exercise is good for your brain

Physical activity lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers, in addition to improving strength and aerobic fitness. However, did you know that taking part in regular physical activity can also boost your brain power?* 

In fact, there are many reasons why we should take part in regular physical activity to encourage changes in the structure and function of the brain. Advances in neuroimaging techniques have shown that exercise can lead to changes in brain function and cognition. 

The specific area, found deep in the centre of the brain, is called the hippocampus – which means seahorse in ancient Greek – as a result of its shape. As fitness improves, the structures within the brain grow, including the hippocampus. 

The hippocampus is at the core of the brain’s learning and memory systems, which partially explains the memory boosting effects of improved fitness. Furthermore, aerobic exercise has been shown to help you focus and stay on task, and it can improve attention span in children. 

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