EXERCISE MAKES YOU SMARTER!
Everybody knows exercise makes you feel better, but for many people just “Feeling” better isn’t worth the effort and living longer is too far off to concern them today…looking better gets their attention from time to time, but once they lose the weight they often lose the discipline to continue exercising along with it. A growing body of evidence suggests exercise can also make you “Smarter” …and recent studies indicate the results are immediate too. Doctor John Tatey, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School says, “I like to say that exercise is like taking a little Prozac or Ritalin at just the right moment…it affects mood, vitality, alertness and feelings of well-being.”
We’ve known that Exercise is good for your Heart for a long time. Now that science believes it can make you smarter that means exercise can also make you better at what you do. And while it takes a while for the Heart benefits of exercise to kick in the rewards for your Brain are almost immediate. Even as little as 10 minutes of vigorous exercise can trigger the release of pleasure chemicals within our nervous system that calm us down, make us think more clearly, perform better and even make us happier. And this isn’t “Hocus Pocus”—it is pure science. Stimulating your nervous system is one of the best ways to perform at a higher level within a short period of time.
EXERCISE MAY ENCOURAGE THE USE OF BOTH SIDES OF YOUR BRAIN
Experiments show that most children rank highly creative (right brain) before entering school. Because our educational systems place a higher value on left brain skills such as mathematics, logic and language than it does on drawing or using our imagination, only ten percent of these same children will rank highly creative by age 7. By the time we are adults, high creativity remains in only 2 percent of the population. New studies indicate that stimulating the whole brain may increase the use of both sides of the brain…improving creativity levels in some adults.
Medical science has now concluded that as little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is enough for “Brain Training” for most adults. More is better if you want to enhance the other health benefits at the same time. If reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and improving how you look and feel aren’t enough to motivate you to get enough exercise, perhaps you should focus on the mental clarity it provides to get you going. Another road block we often encounter is the weeks and months it can take to get back in good physical shape…and we want instant success. Remembering that the mental benefits of exercising are immediate can be a big help in this regard. If you exercise today your Brain will reward you today…and then all you have to do is keep going! Tom LeDuc