Thoughts on Exercise and the Brain / by Garrek Stemo

Hello Holly Kenko readers! Today is the first day of our new series, Thoughts from the Editor. We will write short articles in English about some of the topics we write about in Japanese. The articles will be written for learners of English language so that you can learn medical vocabulary and talk about medical news with native speakers. To learn more, please visit our About page. Please let us know what you think by contacting us or leaving a comment below one of these articles. And now, our first article:


It is well-known that exercise has a positive effect on the brain. Regular exercise improves memory and thinking, and also helps prevent the brain from decaying as we age. These are topics addressed in Holly Kenko's recent article 脳のアンチエイジング PART 2 運動編. I know from personal experience that exercise is energizing. Doing some kind of aerobic exercise a few times a week helps me be productive and helps me focus. Without exercise I tend to feel slow, tired, and lethargic.

Exercise also impacts my mood. If I don't exercise, it's easy for me to fall into negative thinking, but by putting exercise into my weekly routine I have a more positive outlook on life.

What impact does exercise have in your life? Leave us comments below and tell us if you do or don't exercise and how that affects your life.