With the start of a new year, we often strive for self-improvement. One effective way to achieve this is by exploring different physical activities. Engaging in new sports and movement patterns not only benefits our bodies but also our minds.

When we learn a new sport, our brain undergoes neuroplasticity, which refers to its ability to grow and evolve by creating new neurons and forming new networks. Surprisingly, research has shown that the level of growth stimulated by trying out a new physical activity is comparable to that of learning a new language.

Previously, it was believed that the brain’s ability to communicate effectively improved only during adolescence. However, it is now understood that adopting new physical activities can also enhance the brain’s communication pathways in adults. This means that it’s never too late to try something new and reap the benefits it brings to both your body and mind.

Trying new physical activities not only enhances our neural connections but also boosts our emotional well-being. The brain’s growth and adaptation have been linked to happiness, and engaging in positive and meaningful experiences activates the brain’s ability to learn. This, in turn, triggers a cascade of positive emotions such as optimism, contentment, and pleasure. When combined with the release of endorphins during physical activity, it creates the perfect recipe for bringing more joy into your life!

 While the benefits of physical activity on the brain may be a recent discovery, it’s no surprise that trying a new sport also benefits the body. By engaging in different movement patterns required by a particular sport, you can improve your range of motion, strength, and balance. This, in turn, enhances your neuromuscular control and reduces the risk of injury.

So, are you ready to embrace something new? Take a leap and enroll in a new class, try out a different sport, and make 2024 your best year yet. The rewards for both your brain and body are waiting to be discovered!

 Need help getting your body ready for a new physical activity? Look no further than Merz/Embody Health and Performance. We specialize in preparing and strengthening your body to meet the demands of any activity you want to try. Visit us at The Marsh, use our contact form, or give us a call at 952.935.4037 to schedule an appointment.

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