Regular exercise is good for your entire body—including your brain. One study found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the brain’s hippocampus, which is involved in verbal memory and learning, among women who report mild memory problems. Next, don’t miss these 50 secrets your brain wishes you knew.
Your brain never stops changing
“We know that when you learn something, the synapses in your brain get bigger,” says Matthew Dalva, PhD, a professor of neuroscience at The Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and director of the Synaptic Biology Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia. In his latest research, Dr. Dalva used new microscopy technology to observe how tiny clumps of proteins move around in synapses; this is neuroplasticity—your brain’s ability to form new neural connections throughout life. Dr. Dalva points to findings that indicate that neuroplasticity can develop in beneficial ways when you’re learning a new language, for example—and harmful behaviors such as addiction can alter the brain in negative ways.