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Another Reason to Exercise: Keeping Your Wits About You

Did you know that exercise might actually slow the shrinking process of your hippocampus? Huh? Hippo-what? This is good news, I swear, and here's why...

Apparently, the hippocampus is the part of the brain that plays a large role in how mammals create and process memories; it also plays a role in cognition. If your hippocampus is damaged (or shrunken), you most likely have trouble learning facts and forming new memories. For example, a number of studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia tend to have smaller-than-normal hippocampi. All the mumbo jumbo aside, turns out that shrinkage to parts of the hippocampus can be slowed via, you've guessed it, exercise. So start moving and if not for your health and not your vanity, at least do it to keep your wits about you.

(Points to ponder: Dumb jocks and Mike Tyson.)

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