Function and Brain
My wiki topic is based on function and the brain. I chose this because, I wanted to learn the links between physical activity and brain development or health. I have heard many different incentives to working out whether its mental or physical advantages, so my goal was to discover the cognitive opportunities it provides. My plan is to become a Health and Physical Education teacher, so the knowledge that I gained from this will help me to give kids more overall advantages to working out.

Five things I learned:
1.) Strenuous activity before menopause can actually be harmful to women's mental health in the future. When participating in strenuous exercises women will reduce their levels of a specific hormone that can be hazardous to mental performance.
2.) A walk or some extent of physical activity before a test or another brain strenuous activity can be very helpful. The physical activity will raise your awareness, responsiveness, and brain function for a few hours following the activity.
3.) Over 6 months of physical activity a person could get a 15% increase in brain capacity.
4.) Physical activity increases the blood flow to the brain which allows for the body to create new brain cells. This allows for the brain to work at peak efficiency.
5.) Gray matter in the brain can be much better utilized if the white matter is better preserved throughout the individuals life. Which is preserved mainly through daily physical activity.







Resources:
I found this video on "Youtube". It was a short video, but it gave good facts without putting in a lot of useless information. I felt like they made it very easy to understand the information that was being provided and it gave many visual examples to help see what was happening in the brain. I would give this video a 4 out of 5.






This article that I found on the site of "ADDitude" gave a good broad range of knowledge. I liked that this site showed a lot of facts and also a wide array of comments from people who had opinions about the information. I would rate this article a 4 out of 5.


http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/936.html






This video also came from "youtube". I liked this video a lot because, it gave me a very different spin on physical activity than most of my other sources did. It discussed how strenuous activities before menopause can actually be harmful to women's mental health in the future. It releases particular hormones that can have negative future affects if overused. This video was also very short, but to the point, so I would rate this video a 4 out of 5.





I found this article on "MedicineNet". I liked the fact that this article did a full on comparison between elderly people who competed a long time in aerobic sports with sedentary people of the same age. The passage broke down the uses of white and gray matter and how these affect the brain over time of a sedentary life. I would give this article a 4.5 out of 5.




http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=145353




I found this article on "ODT". I thought it was interesting in this article that they added that even those who think their in optimal physical shape, they have a lot of brain exercise that can still be done. The results become more prominent as people age because, the positive effects on the brain are greater with longevity and do a much larger role in the long term process. I would rate this article a 4 out of 5.




http://www.odt.co.nz/campus/university-otago/196282/study-links-exercise-brain-function




I found this article on "Resources for Science Learning". This article discussed the fact that your brain can constantly keep creating neurons throughout your whole life. This is why it is so key to keep exercising even when you age and begin to quit sports. Many people are thought to have brain loss over the years, but the main reason for this is the reduced levels of physical activity. I would rate this article a 4.5 out of 5.



http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/exercise.html





I personally did not like this video that I found on "Youtube" very much. I felt that it dragged on for a long time and the speaker was hard to understand and follow. He spoke about many things that were very unhelpful to my topic and spoke more out of opinion than factual evidence that I could utilize better. I would give this video a 2.5 out of 5.

















If you were going to only look at one video from my page I would recommend this one I found on "Youtube". It is very straight forward with the information that it provides, and it shows many results and situations that are putting this knowledge to work. It is a long video, but I feel that all of the information that it provides is very useful. Many of the videos focused on one aspect of physical activity and the brain, but this video went into the ways that you can utilize this to help maximize your brain and the long term affects to your activities. I would rate this video a 4.5 out of 5.