Your mental health, memory and mood muscles will thank you for getting more exercise this year

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According to experts, getting moving helps your mind in these three essential ways:

Cognition

Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland and the University of Tsukuba in Japan, found that playing sports with other people impacts cognitive performance more than solo fitness activities.

Coordination and interaction with other players can lead to new brain cell and neural connection growth in the frontal lobe.

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Memory

Wendy Suzuki, PhD, Professional of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University's Center for Neural Science explains that “when you exercise, your body pumps out a wide range of neurochemicals, including growth factors that stimulate the birth of brand-new brain cells in the hippocampus."

"I use that as my personal motivation to keep working out every day," she adds.

Mood

Research shows that exercise can mitigate symptoms of depression. It can also improve your quality of sleep, contributing to your overall mental health state.

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