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   May 24

Using Physical Activity to Improve Your Prefrontal Cortex

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It’s amazing how stimulating or changing just one part of the human brain can change almost everything about someone. It sounds difficult and a bit intimidating, but it is so simple and easy that you can do it in about thirty minutes every single day.

Let’s start out with the mechanics of it all. The part of the human brain discussed before is called the Prefrontal Cortex. The Prefrontal Cortex is located right behind your forehead. This is the very beginning of your whole thought process.

It controls how you perceive things, the choices and actions you participate in, the emotions you feel, your personality, your ability to remember things, and it is pretty much the gateway to all of the information stored into your brain.

The better your Prefrontal Cortex is, the faster and better you can recall thoughts, memories, and anything you want to. It helps you make better choices, be happier, and figure out things faster and more efficiently.

So how do you better your Prefrontal Cortex? Very simple actually. First and foremost, you must be getting enough sleep every single night! When you sleep, it not only heals you physically, but also mentally. It’s almost like it recharges your brain so you can use it to full capacity the next day. Say you only get 3-4 hours of sleep, your brain is only working half as good as it should be.

The next thing you can do to improve your Prefrontal Cortex is meditate. Meditation is so good for your brain because it helps you to have a clear, rational mind. As you are meditating, this allows you to train your brain to focus on one topic. This greatly improves your Prefrontal Cortex.

Exercising, aside from sleep, is one of the most important things you can do to stimulate your Prefrontal Cortex. Of course everyone knows, when you exercise, it increases your circulation and therefore, providing your brain with oxygen. This is why most people like to go for a walk when they want to clear their mind.

Whatever you do to exercise, make sure you have at least 30 minutes a day. That’s all! It’s as easy as 30 minutes on a treadmill!This will not only help you physically, but it will also help your brain to function swiftly and efficiently.  Try it yourself and see how well your brain and thought process improves.

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  • Baily

    You also want oxygen to go to your pre and post central gyri! It’ll help improve your motor functions and sensory :)

  • Jessica Stoor

    wow, I had no idea about any of this haha, thanks for informing! I hardly ever exercise anymore either, got to get back to that :P