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New research finds exercise is great for your brain, experts say

July 17, 2019 - 4:00 am
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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Regular exercise is good for your overall health and has a positive impact on the heart, but now there is new research that supports the fact it is great for your brain as well.

Scientists in Oregon have shown that short bursts of energy helps support a gene that controls nerve input to a part of the brain called the hippocampus.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain linked to memory.

We have known for years that exercise is a great stress reducer and at a certain point exercise helps with the release of endorphins, which help with pleasurable feelings.

To put this in perspective, if you use a fitness tracker it is the amount of exercise equivalent with 4000 steps. Not a tremendous amount of exercise to get great results.