Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits include reducing insulin resistance, reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of chemicals in the brain that affects the health of the cells, the growth of new blood vessels and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. Indirectly, exercise improves mood and sleep and reduces stress and anxiety. 

If you’re curious to learn more about how our thinking can change the brain, read how the Dalai Lama helped scientists see the power of the mind to sculpt our gray matter.