Marcus and I made this point in a blog post for Edutopia, entitled “Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too.”
Among the facts you should consider to increase your well-being as well as teaching effectiveness:
- Regular physical activity is associated with increased production of the neurochemical BDNF, which supports the production of new neurons and synapses in your brain.
- Exercise increases mass in areas of the brain involved in executive function, memory, and spatial processing.
- The cardiovascular health effects of exercise increase the growth of blood vessels that improve oxygen flow to the brain.
- Regular workouts help relieve stress, alleviate symptoms of depression, and enhance a positive outlook.