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Briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.

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Boosting Brain Health with Exercise!

Everyone knows that exercise comes with many health benefits - while many of us go to the gym to trim up our waistlines, regular physical activity works out your brain too! When we move, our bodies release natural chemicals and hormones which improve mood as well as increasing oxygen production to the brain that helps it function more efficiently. In fact, studies have shown that exercise help students perform better in school, slows mental decline when aging and positively affects our mental health. So if you’re not already incorporating physical activity into your schedule, now is a good time to start!

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Brain Power

The brain is an extremely complex organ which is responsible for controlling all the other organ systems of the body. Increasingly, regular physical activity is being recognized as an important factor in the development/maintenance of a healthy brain, and has even been shown to prevent brain-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. But just how much physical activity is needed and and how does an increase in physical activity impact learning and memory?

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Supplementary Articles

Getting a Brain Boost Through Exercise

Brain Boost from Sports Practice: Fitness Has Attention Benefits  


If you’re in the habit of driving your children to school, you’re not really doing them much of a favour. Rather, you should let them transport themselves to school, because that will make them concentrate better at school. This is one of the main conclusions of a comprehensive Danish project – the ‘Mass Experiment 2012’ – which set out to examine the link between diet, exercise and the power of concentration.

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Can Exercise Make You Smarter?

Physical Activity and Academic Achievement  

Mental Health

The physical benefits of exercise have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

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The Right Amount of Exercise for Improved Mental Health

Stress Relief: Why Exercise Reduces Anxiety

Life Long Learning

A new study has shown that regular, non-strenuous physical activity can substantially reduce the risk for vascular dementia, a slow, progressive thief of memory and cognitive function similar to Alzheimer’s disease. And while that news is exciting, it’s not something to work up a sweat over—literally. The researchers found that easy-to-perform, moderate activities—such as walking, stair climbing and gardening—provided as much brain benefit as more rigorous, physically demanding activities.

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Staying Mentally Sharp Through Physical Activity

Physical Activity and Alzheimer’s Disease

Exercising and the Aging Brain


News from SIRC


Upcoming Webinars

SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee to provide a series of professional development webinars that focus on a variety of governance and leadership related topics.

Revenue Generation in Sport – September 24, 2013 -Presented by Dr. Norm O’Reilly

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SPIN Summit 2013 "Pushing the Limits of Performance"


SIRC is excited to be participating in the SPort INnovation Summit (SPIN)! SPIN is Canada’s cutting edge symposium for professional development and networking in the areas of applied sport science, sports medicine, and innovation.

Date: September 16-18 in Calgary, Alberta

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Q: What are the effects of exercise on children with ADHD?

A: With a growing number of parents showing concerns with the long term side effects of drug treatment as well as the increasing costs of medication, many are looking for alternate methods of treatment. Although research on the effects of exercise on youth with ADHD is fairly recent, the research looks promising.

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