Exercise Is Key to Lifelong Learning
The adult brain, especially the hippocampus, can continue to make new neurons throughout the lifespan. The hippocampus is concerned with forming memories and processing emotion, which may help explain some of the cognitive and emotional benefits of exercise.
Interestingly, aerobic exercise can increase neurogenesis (generation of new neurons) within the hippocampus at many stages of development, including adult brains . The fact that the hippocampus is a critical brain structure used in memory may explain why aerobic exercise can enhance learning.
So, remember, your favorite class, swim in the pool or time on fitness floor is benefitting your brain as well as your body!