Exercise : For your Brain?

By on November 10, 2013

Exercise is great for the Body but it is equally beneficial for your Brain. New studies reveal that different types of exercise enable you think more quickly and clearly as well as stabilize your mood. One of the best fitness books ever produced is actually about how exercise affects different parts of your brains functioning! The book was written by a clinical psychiatrist as he delves deep into neuroscientific studies that reveal how different types of exercise affect the brain’s health. The results are nothing less than remarkable, so much so that implementing these new approaches to exercise and adding them to the traditional PE classes actually improved students test scores AND behavior!

We now know that balance and flexibility training training styles like Pilates and Yoga improve the speed and clarity with which we think and reason. Lifting weights actually releases a hormone called AMP which breaks through the blood-brain barrier reducing stress and anxiety which helps regulate your moods. Cardio (aerobic activity) generates BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which acts like a police force regulating your brains overall functioning by balancing systems that are out of whack and optimize working ones to perform better. BDNF also acts as brain fertilizer or Miracle Grow for the brain by perpetuating new neuron growth and keeping the rest functioning optimally.

The result is a better understanding on how much different types of exercise can improve all of our lives. Wether you are a student and want to prime your brain to learn more easily or a working adult who wants to think more quickly on the job or someone who is older and wants to retain their memories better! Exercise is just as important for the brain as it is for the body. Please read more…



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The Fitness Answer Man is the online personality founded by Kevin Forrest CPT, FMS Pro Trainer and Master Fitness Trainer for the US Military. He has worked in the fitness industry for 30 years and was one of the first trainers to incorporate the physio ball into people's workouts and helped pioneer in the field of "Core" training. He specializes in movement rehabilitation and uses his experience to help clarify the confusion about diet and exercise that still exists within the fitness industry today.

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