Five reasons why traveling is good for the brain

Numerous studies have revealed that any new learning that poses a challenge to our brain helps to develop neuronal connections. Thus, when we learn things or carry out new activities for ourselves, we are training the brain, causing different synapses – connections between neurons – in the brain and thus we strengthen our neuroplasticity and improve our cognitive reserve

Specifically, travel is especially stimulating for the development of these neural connections and helps to keep our brain active.

  1. Stimulates the ability to adapt.

The need to adapt to new sensations -linguistic, visual, aromas, flavors, …- learn new streets, make a mental map of the place where you are, communicate in another language, etc. are some of the activities that stimulate our brain , make it more plastic, more creative, and give us more ability to understand. Something that is very favorable for our brain.

  1. Develop new learnings

The trips train and stimulate our brain on the basis that the days are full of novelties, variations, and challenges. Facing new places and sensations makes us force our brain to use all its capabilities, keeping it active and healthy. Travel stimulates our brain, makes it more plastic, more creative, and gives us more capacity to understand.

  1. Increase happiness and decrease stress

Traveling also has many emotional benefits to increase our well-being. During trips and holiday periods we are more relaxed and this feeling positively influences our sense of happiness. It has been scientifically proven that travel increases happiness and reduces stress, generating a cluster of positive emotions that strengthen our neural networks, the opposite of what happens when we experience stressful episodes.

  1. It allows being physically and mentally active

Do physical exercise, participate in social activities or perform intellectual activities, are aspects that have shown benefits for brain health at all ages, even in patients who already have a neurological disease. “And when we travel we walk more, we make excursions or we spend more time doing some kind of sport, we also spend more time reading, doing cultural activities or doing other group activities … In short, traveling gives us many opportunities to be physically and mentally active “, highlights Dr. José Manuel Moltó. These beneficial aspects of brain health are positive at all ages, even in patients who already have a neurological disease.

  1. Prevents premature aging. 

Training and stimulating the brain allows our brain to be more resistant to the deterioration of age or the symptoms of neurological diseases. “It is important to train and stimulate the brain because, over time, a greater number of connections implies a greater cognitive reserve, which allows our brain to be more resistant to the deterioration of age or the symptoms of neurological diseases. The richer our life and the more different experiences we have, the more likely we are to reach an age with a healthy brain, “says Dr. José Manuel Moltó.

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