Is The Brain A Muscle?

Is The Brain A Muscle?


Is the Brain a Muscle? In a lot of ways, we can consider the brain
to be the most important part of our bodies. Which of course, makes it all the more confusing
when you consider some of the things regarding the human brain that we just don’t fully
understand. For example, what is a brain, anyway? How do we classify it? Is it an organ? A muscle? Or maybe it’s fat? Today, the writers at Bestie want to do a
little research and shed light on this potentially confusing topic. Before we get into it though, it would be
a real brainy idea to subscribe to Bestie and click the notification bell. That way you can stay up to date on all of
our daily videos. So back to the question at hand, or should
I say, at head: what is the brain, officially speaking? As Carl Sagan once said: “the brain is like
a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good”. But did he mean for that to be taken literally? Well, most likely not. While it contains very little actual muscle
mass, it is possible to “work out” your brain, and your mental health is affected
by exercise just like your physical health. It would be more accurate to call the human
brain an organ, composed of nearly 60 percent fat as well as cells, nerve fibers, arteries
and arterioles. It would also be accurate to label the brain
as one of the most important organs in the human body, given the fact that it plays a
role in all of our body’s other systems and functions including the control of other
organs as well as our thoughts, memories, speech and movements. At birth, the human brain weighs about 1 pound,
and by the time we reach adulthood, the size and weight of the brain increase to somewhere
close to 3 pounds. About 85 percent of that total weight comes
from your brain’s cerebrum, which is divided into two cerebral hemispheres. The two hemispheres of your cerebrum are separated
by a groove in the middle, known as the interhemispheric ridge. The two cerebral hemispheres can be divided
further into four regions known as lobes. These lobes are each responsible for performing
a number of different functions, such as memory, emotions, intelligence, processing your senses,
and your ability to speak and move. At the back of your brain is a section known
as the cerebellum, which assists in the body’s coordination and motor skills, and helps with
your balance and posture. The base of your brain is connected to your
spinal cord by the brain stem, consisting of the pons, midbrain and medulla oblongata. The brainstem is responsible for controlling
many of your body’s functions that are carried out involuntarily, such as breathing, digestion
of food, blood circulation, eye movement, and senses such as sight and hearing. The base of your brain also contains the diencephalon,
which is made up of parts known as the thalamus, hypothalamus, and epithalamus. These parts of your brain are responsible
for functions such as your sleep cycle, body temperature, hormones, and long-term memory,
among others. Finally, your brain’s pituitary gland is
attached to the hypothalamus and controls the rest of the hormone-producing glands within
your body as well as functions such as growth and metabolism. So based on this information, we’ve managed
to establish that the brain is not, in fact, a muscle. But just because your brain isn’t a muscle,
does that mean it can’t benefit from a good workout? Well, not in the conventional sense, anyways. While doing a set of ab crunches won’t raise
your IQ, there are plenty of cognitive training tools, also known as “brain training”
games or “brain exercises”, that you can do in order to “work out” your brain and
improve cognitive function. Studies have indicated that at least some
of these brain exercises can be useful for things such as improving memory as well as
your brain’s processing speeds and executive functions. What’s also interesting is that studies
appear to show that some exercises are more effective depending on the age of the subject
performing them, with young people and older adults being shown to have varying levels
of cognitive improvement from certain exercises. In addition to improving basic functions,
exercising your brain with cognitive abilities may also be useful when it comes to slowing
the onset and effects of age-related neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease
and dementia. In 2017, a study was conducted and published
which linked a brain training intervention know as “speed of process training”and
a reduced overall risk of dementia in individuals. Just like how cardiovascular exercise can
strengthen your heart and decrease the risk of heart disease, performing activities that
give your brain a workout can strengthen your brain’s abilities and protect you from diseases
and illnesses that affect the mind. In addition to workouts geared specifically
towards your brain, studies have also shown that regular physical exercise can also have
a beneficial effect on your brain’s mental health. In addition to the physical health benefits
to be gained from staying active, regular physical exercise has been linked to helping
relieve and lessen the effects of depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as aid in concentration
and focus for people with ADHD. Additionally, evidence appears to suggest
that focusing on how your body feels while exercising can help treat the symptoms of
individuals suffering from traumas related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by helping
patients to move past the immobilization that often comes as a response to the condition. Regular physical exercise has also been linked
to a sharper memory, increased self-esteem, better sleep habits, higher amounts of energy,
and stronger resilience to stress. Let’s summarize what we’ve learned about
the brain today: is the brain a muscle? Well, signs point to know. Does that mean that your brain gets no benefit
from regular exercise? Also no. Regular physical and mental activity can be
extremely beneficial to the human brain, both by improving the performance and cognitive
faculties as well as having a positive effect on your brain’s mental health. A healthy body is a healthy mind, and a healthy
mind is also a healthy body! Are there any brain-training exercises you
already participate in that you’d like to share? Would you like it if we created more videos
discussing this topic in the future? If so, don’t be afraid to let us know in
the comments section below, and keep the conversation going! Also, feel free to share this video by passing
it along to all your friends!

11 Replies to “Is The Brain A Muscle?”

  1. Are there any brain-training exercises you already participate in that you’d like to share? Would you like it if we created more videos discussing this topic in the future? If so, don’t be afraid to let us know in the comments section below, and keep the conversation going! Also, feel free to share this video by passing it along to all your friends! 🙂

  2. Not a muscle, it's a Gelatnous mass of tissue best cooked with onions, peppers little salt, yum yum..! 😁😁

  3. The human race is An Anamal justlike all anamalsonearth we all have to eat Sleep an elimenate but the brain of humans are different from the anamals of dogs Monkeys an others!! The big difference is that human brains are like a computer As At birth We are born with all our programing An we have free will at birth given too us by great creator we have a right to chouse Threw out outr life an wen its timefor us to leave our bodys threw death of that body We will be shown many Doors to whitch we can leave it may be an accident A deise Or some of usmay be killed but nothing happins by chanch Our brains program will kniw when we are todie get out of our bodys The anamals have no chouse they are birn with a program of where tgey belong an have no free chouse our brain computer with its program is who we are an in the future ??? We will have a way to change our programing in our brain such as ending an addiction to drugs or other or end a desiese A soicopath s brain will be changed in the program an clear the reason They become that way!!! Wars are programed Eventsall killings are a program killers are bornto kill nothing happins bychanch !!!!! Its just like a computer orogram pre programed too happin!!!! !!!! A b c q

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