Exercise Will Transform Your Brain
Our sedentary lifestyle is the biggest threat to our existence, “inactivity is shriveling our brain,” says Dr. Ratey. It’s time to run for your life! And if you can’t run, then walk. And if you can’t walk, then use your arms and the center of your body. You can listen to Dr John Ratey explain how exercise changes the biology of the brain in a recorded interview on my radio show, Turn On Your Inner Light on WGBB Radio (Long Island).
Exercise will create balance in the brain, enhance connections between brain cells, sprout new cells and even inoculate you against stress, so you have a higher threshold. Dr. Ratey is not writing about a runner’s high in SPARK, rather he has written a passionate book which can veritably change your life, the workplace and society’s.
What does this mean for Alzheimer's? The implications are enormous. Exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system and reduces resting blood pressure. This means less strain for the blood vessels of the brain which deliver oxygen and glucose. Dr. Ratey presents evidence that aerobic exercise improves the scores of Alzheimer's patients on cognitive tests! Exercise triggers new cells to divide and become functional neurons in the hippocampus and strenthens connections between brain cells. So, use your head and move your body!
What are some of the latest scientific benefits of exercise as it impacts your world?
- “ Miracle Grow” for the flowering of the brain
- Improvement to the brain’s executive functions
- Adjusting the chemistry of the entire brain for normal signaling
- Driving oxygen more efficiently to the brain
- Learning is 20 % faster after exercise
- Reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s with the new growth of brain cells in the hippocampus
- Breaking the bonds of depression and anxiety
- Improving ADHD
- Toning down negative consequences of hormonal changes like PMS, Post partum and menopause
Don’t wait for a doctor to scare you into exercising or getting worried sick whether your frequent forgetfulness is a precursor to mild cognitive impairment and ultimately dementia. All the motivation you need is in SPARK. You will want to move to reverse the inflammatory process of toxic stress and shrinking brain cells due to depression and illness. Remember what I always say, “Let your legs carry you to your next happiness.” Now there is science to prove it.
For more information on exercise and happiness, read my book, Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show