Exercise for Brain Health

Exercise is well known for its benefits in cardiovascular and metabolic systems, but the impacts that it can have on brain health are less popularized in society today. This blog is dedicated to the promotion of exercise as a means to slowing down brain disorders, by looking at what happens at the brain and neuronal level. It focuses further on well-known neurodegenerative diseases that are associated with old age, demonstrating its importance in healthy cognitive aging, as well as mental health and subjective experience. This blog hopes to increase awareness on the importance of exercise in all facets of the body while focusing specifically on how the brain is impacted in the context of brain disease. In doing so, its intended impact is to motivate individuals to go out and exercise with their own health in mind!

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Daniel is a junior studying Biomedical Sciences and Philosophy with a certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences. He is conducting research in the Fisher Lab within the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology and was named a 2021 Iowa Neuroscience Institute Summer Scholar. His work deals with identifying the therapeutic potential of regulator of G Protein signaling 6 (RGS6) in mediating running-induced neurogenesis of the hippocampus, which is thought to be able to attenuate Alzheimer’s Disease pathology, as well as delay cognitive decline. As a Latham fellow, Daniel hopes to promote practical evidence-based methods of maintaining mental health to delay cognitive decline. In his free time, Daniel enjoys walking around the city, running, and reading thought provoking books.