Learn French While Cycling
Exercise could help you become bilingual.
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TODAY'S TOPIC: WORK OUT WHILE LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE
“Exercise is one of the most powerful ways to improve learning,” says cognitive neuroscientist Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. Physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain (particularly to your hippocampus, which is the area responsible for learning and storing information). Similarly, it amplifies the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which augments neurogenesis so new learning can take place faster, Chapman explains.