5 Surprising Mental Benefits Of Exercise

January 14, 2015 11:00 AM
5 Surprising Mental Benefits Of Exercise

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Sian Beilock, a leading expert on the brain science behind human performance, is a psychology professor at the University of Chicago. She is the author of How The Body Knows Its Mind, out now from sister company Simon & Schuster and available wherever books are sold.

It’s the New Year and, for many of us, this means exercise is at the forefront of our mind. The hope is to get in shape – and not quit the gym once the going get’s tough. There is no question that exercise can benefit our physical health, but did you know that exercise makes us mentally sharper too? In my new book, How The Body Knows Its Mind, I lay out some surprising revelations about the power of using our bodies to enhance our minds. As it happens, there are lots of reasons to lace up those sneakers and get moving!

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Improved Focus

Research shows that fit kids are better able to focus their attention, buckle down and concentrate in school compared to their more sedentary peers "

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