Looking for motivation to go to the gym? After reading this, you'll want to go

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If you've been trying to find the motivation to go to the gym, this TED talk might do the trick. Neuro scientist Wendy Suzuki explains why exercising has a fantastic effect on the brain. 

Wendy Suzuki became her own test person – without her noticing it. Not long after she started exercising, she noticed that both her mind and body were doing much better. To find an explanation fort his effect, she started reading about it – and the more she read, the more the power of sports struck her. 

Her conclusion? The positive effects of exercise are almost immediately visible in your brain: you become more cheerful and your focus grows. In the long term, exercise is even powerful enough to protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

Choose the stairs

The good news is, you don’t have to be an athlete or get yourself an expensive subscription to a gym to benefit from this. However, you do need to make an effort: a powerful walk or taking the stairs makes for a health boost. 

The advantages: 

Your mood improves immediately
Every workout increases your focus, which will last for two hours
Your responsiveness increases

Photo: Matthew Kane