One of the best things you can do for your brain is to exercise regularly.
According to Wendy Suzuki, a professor of neuro science and psychology at New York University, exercise has an immediate positive effect on the brain, but it can also permanently change the brain over time and increase cognitive function. Additionally, exercise strengthens the brain’s resistance to degeneration as you age, according to Teresa Liu-Ambrose, a researcher at the University of British Columbia who specializes in healthy aging and cognition. They added that sustained exercise was linked to improved brain function, growth in the memory region, and faster connections in the area of the brain related to focus. Suzuki, the author of “Healthy Brain, Happy Life” and “Good Anxiety,” claimed that when you exercise and right afterward, your brain releases a “bubble bath” of feel-good neurochemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. According to Suzuki, the part of the brain associated with attention uses dopamine to function, so in addition to making you happy, dopamine also improves your focus right after a workout.