Regular physical activity builds muscle and bone strength, improves your mood, increases energy levels and helps maintain a healthy weight.  And according to a review from the University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, exercise benefits a specific protein involved in brain re-organisation and re-learning following a neurological disorder.

The review discovered that exercise could positively affect specific proteins – brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) – that may contribute to the ability of brain cells to grow, changed and rejuvenate.

According to researchers, regular aerobic exercise may lead to improvements in walking, functional ability, and improved motor performance; resistance training, balance and muscle toning did not have the same positive effects on the brain as aerobic exercise.