Just as the human body is designed to be active, the brain also needs activity (physical not just mental activity). Exercise can boost learning power and relieve ADHD symptoms three different ways.
- First, exercise can improve attention span, alertness, and motivation, thus optimizing our productivity and overall mindset. How? It does this by boosting the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which regulates the signaling processes of the brain.
- Second, exercise aids the cellular basis of learning. It helps neurons bind to each other – making new connections.
- It also triggers the development of new nerve cells (neurogenesis) in the hippocampus, the region of the brain that handles learning and memory.