Impact sommeil sur santé cérébrale

We always hear that practicing sports is good for our health. Indeed, it’s good for our heart and muscles in general, but it is also good for our brain, which is not a muscle by the way. So why is physical exercise good for our brain’s health?

We can look at it from two perspectives: the acute activity and the chronic activity. The acute activity represents physical activity on the moment and on the following minutes. There will be an euphoric moment and a strong feeling of well-being via the release of hormones. Besides, the chronic activity, that is to say, an activity which is repeated over time, has long-lasting effects on the brain. Indeed, it will modify the brain's functioning through two processes: neurogenesis and brain plasticity.

What does it mean? New neurons and new connections between these neurons will form in different areas of the brain, particularly at the level of the hippocampus, which is a brain structure that manages memory. Indeed, physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive abilities, especially concentration and learning!

But it is also beneficial for the mood, the physical activity would have beneficial effects particularly for people suffering from depression.

For those who are already practicing physical activity, I encourage you to continue! For those who don’t, let’s start by giving yourself reasonable goals. If for example, intensive sport is not your thing, walking will also work perfectly! You can even say "today I will park my car further and walk the rest of the way" or "I avoid the elevator and I take the stairs". That is already great. Keep in mind that any physical activity is beneficial!


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Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

RÉFÉRENCES

  • Lemarchand, A. (2017). Chouchoutez votre cerveau. Rustica éditions.
  • Audiffren, M., André, N. et Albinet, C. (2011). Effets positifs de l’exercice physique chronique sur les fonctions cognitives des seniors : bilan et perspectives. Revue de neuropsychologie. 3 (4) : 92. (Cairn)
  • Erickson, K.I. and al. (2011). Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 108 (7), 3017-3022. (PNAS)
  • Cox, E.P., O’Dwyer, N., Cook, R., Vetter, M., Cheng, H.L., Rooney, K. and O’Connor, H. (2016). Relationship between physical activity and cognitive function in apparently healthy young to middle-aged adults: A systematic review. Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport, 19(8), 616-628. (JSAMS)
Impact sommeil sur santé cérébrale

Exercice your body: your brain will be thankful !

by Caroline Joubert

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We always hear that practicing sports is good for our health. Indeed, it’s good for our heart and muscles in general, but it is also good for our brain, which is not a muscle by the way. So why is physical exercise good for our brain’s health?

We can look at it from two perspectives: the acute activity and the chronic activity. The acute activity represents physical activity on the moment and on the following minutes. There will be an euphoric moment and a strong feeling of well-being via the release of hormones. Besides, the chronic activity, that is to say, an activity which is repeated over time, has long-lasting effects on the brain. Indeed, it will modify the brain's functioning through two processes: neurogenesis and brain plasticity.

What does it mean? New neurons and new connections between these neurons will form in different areas of the brain, particularly at the level of the hippocampus, which is a brain structure that manages memory. Indeed, physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive abilities, especially concentration and learning!

But it is also beneficial for the mood, the physical activity would have beneficial effects particularly for people suffering from depression.

For those who are already practicing physical activity, I encourage you to continue! For those who don’t, let’s start by giving yourself reasonable goals. If for example, intensive sport is not your thing, walking will also work perfectly! You can even say "today I will park my car further and walk the rest of the way" or "I avoid the elevator and I take the stairs". That is already great. Keep in mind that any physical activity is beneficial!


Image

Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

Image

Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

RÉFÉRENCES

  • Lemarchand, A. (2017). Chouchoutez votre cerveau. Rustica éditions.
  • Audiffren, M., André, N. et Albinet, C. (2011). Effets positifs de l’exercice physique chronique sur les fonctions cognitives des seniors : bilan et perspectives. Revue de neuropsychologie. 3 (4) : 92. (Cairn)
  • Erickson, K.I. and al. (2011). Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 108 (7), 3017-3022. (PNAS)
  • Cox, E.P., O’Dwyer, N., Cook, R., Vetter, M., Cheng, H.L., Rooney, K. and O’Connor, H. (2016). Relationship between physical activity and cognitive function in apparently healthy young to middle-aged adults: A systematic review. Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport, 19(8), 616-628. (JSAMS)