Get Moving!

You may not believe me, but I have news about your brain, and what’s the relationship between your brain and your fitness. Do you know that by going to the gym, playing futsal with your colleagues, walking 20 km per day and doing push up 150 times per day not only build your muscles, but they also they also influence your brain fitness. Do you know the facts? There is an Arabic proverb saying “ Healthy mind in a healthy body”.

There are researches proving that various type of exercise can produce rejuvenation on your nerve cells, especially aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise includes any type of exercise, typically those performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time, that maintains an increased heart rate. For example, running a long distance at a moderate pace is an aerobic exercise, but sprinting is not.

In addition, exercise affects the brain on multiple fronts. It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain to match the high metabolic demand of neuronal tissue.  It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells

Harvard Health Letter

Harvard Health Letter in May 2014 ,stated that exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, new blood vessels in the brain, new neuronal connections and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells (neurogenesis).


Hippocampus location in brain

Hippocampus region is believed to be, to be among the most area of brain that will benefit from physical activities, it is the area linked to memory and learning, but how and why this happens weren’t well understood until recently. Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) are in greater volume in people who exercise compared to people who don’t. “Even more exciting is the finding that engaging in a program of regular exercise of moderate intensity over six months or a year is associated with an increase in the volume of selected brain regions,” says Dr. Scott McGinnis, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. For this reason, research has linked children’s brain development with the level of physical fitness. We can make a conclusion that physical exercise during childhood is very important, so don’t ever burden
 those cute children solely with books.

Here, we will give you an example from previous study, a team at the University of Edinburgh followed more than 600 people, starting at age 70, who kept detailed logs of their daily physical, mental and social habits. Three years later, their brains were imaged for age-related changes, such as brain shrinkage and damage to the white matter, which is considered the “wiring” of your brain’s communication system. Not surprisingly, seniors who engaged in the most physical exercise showed the least amount of brain shrinkage. To sum up, this study shows the benefits also profitable to the elderly.


How much exercise is required? Standard recommendations advise half an hour of moderate physical activity most days of the week, or 150 minutes a week. If that seems daunting, start with a few minutes a day, and increase the amount you exercise by five or 10 minutes every week until you reach your goal. You can plan your schedule to do your exercise but don’t ever make it as an excuse for you to skip the classes.

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If you don’t want to walk, consider other moderate-intensity exercises, such as swimming, stair climbing, tennis, squash, or dancing. Don’t forget that household activities can count as well, such as intense floor mopping, sweeping the floor, or anything that gets your heart pumping so much that you break out in a light sweat. It is wrong to have a thought that only outdoor activities consider as physical activities. Don’t get it wrong my friends.

In conclusion, stay healthy and keep exercising even though Perubatan Sports Day is already over. You can build, then generate your brain to be more creative and amazing especially in learning and memorizing. Always keep your diet balanced, to ensure you have enough energy to exercise frequently.


Mohamad Faiz bin Abd Rahim
Year 4
Medicine School
Ain Shams University

High Committee Member (AJKT)
Chief of Bureau of Sports and Outdoor Activities (BSAL)
PERUBATAN Ain Shams Chapter 2014/2015


This article is the personal opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of PERUBATAN Online.